Liverpool new boy Darwin Nunez has responded to criticism of his performances against Manchester United and Crystal Palace during the club’s pre-season.
The 23-year-old made his Liverpool debut in Bangkok’s 4-0 defeat to United. A strike from Mohamed Salah that hit the post and deflected in front of Nunez during his debut presented him with a fantastic opportunity, but he failed to take advantage of it by shooting into the stands from about 10 yards out.
He entered the game against Crystal Palace in the second half, but made unwanted headlines after missing another big goal scoring opportunity. Trent Alexander Arnold played the ball into Nunez’s path from the right side, but he produced an “air shot” after the cross took a slight deflection.
On the back of the two unfortunate incidents, rival fans have taken to social media to write off Liverpool’s new front man. With many fans branding Nunez as a ‘flop’ and a ‘waste of money’.
Nunez has now responded, as he took to Instagram and Twitter to hit back at his critics. The striker posted a series of pictures on Instagram with the shush emoji and the emoji of a man cupping his ears. Whilst on Twitter he captioned his pictures with “Resiliencia” which translates to Resilience.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended Nunez, he said: “I’m not worried at all, the general judgement is of zero relevance [to us]. It will be like this, and we all know it.”
“It’s kind of a game or a joke for some people to pick out some situations where a player’s not doing well. That’s only a game from [fans of] other clubs, which is normal. Our fans probably do [the same] with signings of Manchester United. We cannot take this seriously.”
Nunez’s team mate Trent Alexander-Arnold is confident that the goals will come for the Uruguayan.
He said on LFCTV: “I’m confident we can get him the ball so he can score goals. You can see how eager he is to score his first goal, but I have no doubt that when it does, it will be like London buses.
“We’ll support him. Obviously, when playing with him today, you are aware of his No. 9 movement, his runs, and where he wants the ball.
“It’s just about finding that connection and soon enough it’ll all be good for us,” the full back added.
Fabio Carvalho, a fellow new signing, has received praises for his early performances, and many Reds supporters have compared him to former player Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool’s pre-season Asian tour is finally over. Prior to their match against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on July 30, Klopp’s team will play RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.