Following Liverpool’s friendly defeat to Red Bull Salzburg, Jurgen Klopp talked about Darwin Nunez’s adaptation at the club.
Nunez made his first start for the Reds in their 1-0 loss to the Austrian champions on Wednesday. The summer signing put in a lot of work at the Red Bull Arena without getting anything in return.
The Uruguayan international came off the bench last week against RB Leipzig and scored four goals, but he was unable to add to that tally due to a narrow angle crossbar strike.
Nunez’s 45-minute appearance gave the £64m signing another chance to settle into the team, but Klopp was unhappy that the forward ‘too often’ found himself isolated in attack as Liverpool fell to defeat.
“Darwin was alone far too often. Everyone dropped and were involved in the build-up, but because we were too wide, we could only pass the ball to Darwin in the box, Klopp told the club’s official website.
“He had his moments to score and came close, but he needs more support from those around him. You keep other players busy so they cannot focus on him. Second half, imagine now Darwin would have been there in the box, that would have helped as well. It is like it is – doesn’t feel great, but we take it and go from here.”
After playing Manchester City in the Community Shield on Saturday, Liverpool will play Fulham on August 6 to open the Premier League season.