Diogo Jota insists Liverpool are finally starting to see the best of Darwin Nunez following his turbulent start, as he admits it’s taken ‘a few more games’ for the £85m striker to adapt to the Premier League
- Diogo Jota believes Liverpool will start to see the best from striker Darwin Nunez
- Nunez scored his first goal since his Premier League debut at Arsenal on Sunday
- Jota concedes it has taken longer than some expected for Nunez to adapt
- Liverpool face Rangers in the Champions League at Ibrox on Wednesday night
Diogo Jota has backed Liverpool’s big-money summer signing Darwin Nunez to start to flourish in the Premier League after the striker’s turbulent first few months in English football.
Nunez was signed from Benfica for £85million, with there being a lot of hype from fans around the arrival of the striker from fans as he netted 34 times in 41 games in all competitions last season.
The 23-year-old started well in England as he scored in the Community Shield and on his Premier debut, but a red card for a headbutt on Joachim Andersen in the fixture against Liverpool saw questions rise over his attitude.
Diogo Jota (right) thinks Liverpool will see the best of record signing Darwin Nunez (left)
There was a lot of pressure on Nunez’s shoulders as he arrived as the club-record signing and part of a plan to replace Sadio Mane’s impact on the team after the Senegalese attacker was sold to Bayern Munich.
Goalless games would then follow until he grabbed Liverpool’s first equaliser against Arsenal last weekend as he fired home from Luis Diaz’s cross. Although the Reds would go on to lose the game having Nunez starting to score is a big plus for Jurgen Klopp and his side.
Fellow striker Jota believes that the Uruguayan should be given some credit for showing the mental ability to bounce back from his turbulant start to life in England.
Nunez scored his first goal since his Premier League debut on the weekend against Arsenal
Jota (right) thinks Nunez (left) has needed a bit more time to settle into English football
Ahead of the Champions League clash with Rangers, Jota said: ‘Well, I think like in life sometimes you get over things.
‘Obviously he started really well and people were starting to think his adaptation was never a problem but maybe it required a few more games to get used to that level that he showed us and he showed everyone last year.
‘And with this run of games he is having, he has already scored and I think he is finding himself in a better position and people in the squad are understanding his game better.
Pundit Gary Neville (pictured) was full of praise for Nunez after he scored against the Gunners
‘So it’s good for everyone and tomorrow will be more proof of that, I hope.’
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has also heaped praise on Nunez after his performance against the Gunners, he told The Gary Neville Podcast: ‘I thought he was really good, even in the difficult parts of the game for Liverpool, he was their best player, his runs were good.
‘Liverpool needed a centre forward. [Sadio] Mane leaving, [Roberto] Firmino… I think people who watch him far more than I do say he was dropping off a little bit, so they had to revitalise that front three.
‘They needed a centre forward. When they signed Nunez, there was this comparison between [Erling] Haaland and Nunez. I remember the headlines around that time [after the Community Shield], we all should and look at us now three months later, but that was a debate’