Jurgen Klopp has decided to keep summer sign Darwin Nunez on the bench for the start of the Premier League season.
“Darwin needs time to settle down and we need to mix it up a bit,” Klopp said before kick-off. “Bobby [Roberto Firmino] A bowler.”
by the end of Saturday’s 2-2 drawYou can guarantee that Klopp was not convinced by any of these statements.
Nunez watched from the bench in the first half liverpool was hammered perfectly by newly promoted Fulham, whose energy, desire and physicality were too much for a Reds side that still seemed to be stuck in pre-season mode.
The thrill of their Community Shield victory over Manchester City came to an end incredibly quickly as Liverpool, whose starting lineup included six players over the age of 30 for the first time since February 1994, could not match the pace of the game.
Klopp opted to play his starting XI five minutes after the break to turn things around, but when this did not happen, Nunez was called.
Firmino was replaced by a Uruguay striker, who could not join during his time on the pitch. In fact, his willingness to drop deeper almost made things difficult for Liverpool, and it became very clear when Nunez did the exact opposite.
A slow start lost possession allowing Nieskens Cabano to hit the post and shoot in favor of a sloppy pass, but once Nez settled into the game, his impact became apparent.
Consolidating the defense and offering the center point, Nunez’s arrival changed the tone of the match. He almost scored with a good flick before correcting the wrong moments later with another clever touch, which, truth be told, should count more as a deflection after Tosin Adarabio’s unfortunate ricochet.
He pushed and pushed and pushed again, clearly destabilizing the Fulham back line, and his presence alone spelled disaster which was Liverpool’s second equalizer.
Uncertainty in the Cottors’ back line saw the ball hit Nunez and inadvertently get in the way of Salah, whose regular tap home ensured a summer signing for both scores before the first player and a goal assist on his Liverpool debut. Of.
Klopp is right, Nez needs time to settle down in English football, but that’s only for the boss. Margins in the Premier League title race are so good these days that a slow start could throw Liverpool out of the race before it even starts.
Expect to see Nez in the starting lineup by this point.