Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the best way Darwin Nunez can dispel scrutiny over his price tag is by scoring goals.
The Reds boss said the Uruguayan international, who joined this summer in what could be a club-record £85m move from Benfica, would not be a “normal human being” if he did not feel some pressure associated with the fee.
There was some criticism on social media after the 23-year-old failed to score in two 30-minute appearances in Liverpool’s first two pre-season friendlies in Thailand and Singapore, but Nunez rectified that with four second-half substitute goals. . the 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.
“We always thought that if you pay a lot of money, players don’t feel pressure or whatever,” Klopp said.
“They’re all completely normal human beings and (when) the first touch isn’t perfect, all of a sudden…
“This generation of gamers read social media, which isn’t really smart, but they do. Suddenly you’re in a hurry and this kind of thing.
“That’s (score) the best way, obviously, to stop all these discussions. He is a different striker than we have or had, but he is very good.”
Liverpool midfielder Tyler Morton, 19, who enjoyed a breakthrough with Premier League and Champions League debuts last season, is believed to be close to joining Championship side Blackburn on loan.