Liverpool FC – Jürgen Klopp on Darwin Nunez: “His potential is incredible”
“Of course it’s a huge step but the issue isn’t that the boys need more time to settle in or anything, there are different situations for specific players,” explained the boss during his pre-Leeds United press conference.
“Darwin came here after a short break in the summer, arrived in Asia, didn’t say a word [of English] and then being young, Liverpool is a big club, it’s a big step for him and he was expensive and all that kind of stuff. Then all of a sudden you’re playing the first game and everyone is looking at you. It’s like the whole place is dark and there’s only one light and that’s the spotlight on you. You have to deal with it – we all expect them to deal with it immediately, [to] be ready, but it’s not like that.
“It’s the beginning: trying to get in shape step by step with new training – with new different things in training – different demands and all that kind of stuff.
“Then you start pretty well against City, coming on and scoring an important goal. The next game you score at Fulham and you get a red card [against Crystal Palace]. He felt embarrassed for himself for doing that, definitely, like everyone would react like that.
“Then not being 100% sure, getting a hit like this is not cool, which you can’t blame anyone else for because you did it and no one else. Then you have to start again.
“For all of those things, his numbers are incredible, to be absolutely honest. If you’re talking about xG, I’m pretty sure his xG’s are pretty high as well. He had a few chances which he missed, but he also scored. He’s involved in a lot of finishing moments, a lot of things.
“The steps he’s taking are really big and that automatically means he’s settling down more and more.”