Darwin Nunez likened to Timo Werner as transfer tipped to end in failure

Darwin Nunez likened to Timo Werner as transfer tipped to end in failure

Liverpool have been cautioned that they could be repeating Chelsea’s error with Timo Werner by acquiring Darwin Nunez last year, following a challenging initial season in the Premier League. 

The Uruguayan joined the club in a record-breaking £85 million transfer from Benfica but has primarily been deployed on the left side of the attacking trio by Jurgen Klopp, as he has faced difficulties adjusting to the physical demands of the Premier League.

Despite scoring 15 goals across all competitions in his debut season at Anfield, Darwin Nunez faced challenges in converting clear scoring opportunities, which led to criticism from some quarters.

 Jurgen Klopp defended the 24-year-old as he grappled with scrutiny. Nunez’s attributes of speed and strength suggest that he has the potential to improve his goal-scoring statistics once he becomes fully accustomed to the English game, although other players with similar profiles chose to leave.

 Timo Werner serves as an example, as he managed only 23 goals in 89 appearances for Chelsea following his £47.5 million move from RB Leipzig, eventually returning to the German club for a significantly reduced fee of £25 million two years later. 

Darwin Nunez has faced challenges in converting clear scoring opportunities at Liverpool

Former striker Tony Cascarino draws parallels between Nunez and Werner, as well as Fernando Torres, who both struggled at Chelsea after joining the club, highlighting their goal-scoring difficulties.

The former Irish striker, aged 65, is uncertain about Nunez’s prospects for success.

“Klopp has seen a lot of attack-minded players come in in the last year or so. But Nunez, I just don’t know,” Cascarino said on talkSPORT.

“He’s had a whole year at Anfield and it’s not worked out. He’s had a disappointing year, it looks like to me he’s going to be a Torres or a Timo Werner. He’s not going to convert the amount of chances he gets.”

Since January, Jurgen Klopp has brought in Cody Gakpo, who has been primarily utilized in a central position, while Nunez has been deployed on the left side due to Luis Diaz’s absence due to injury. 

Now that the Colombian winger has returned to full fitness, Klopp faces a dilemma regarding the selection of his front three, as he also has to accommodate Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah in the team.

It is evident that Jurgen Klopp has faith in Nunez’s ability to eventually succeed and prove his doubters wrong. The Liverpool manager has expressed belief that Nunez would have reached a tally of 20 goals or more in the previous season if the team as a whole had performed better. 

Klopp’s statement suggests that he sees potential in Nunez and attributes his lower goal-scoring output to broader team difficulties rather than solely individual shortcomings.

“For him to have scored 15 goals anyway, imagine if by our standards a good season with 70 or 80 points, he would have scored 20-odd goals definitely,” he said in April. “Mo Salah at his best season — 40-odd goals — missed chances. That’s normal. Erling Haaland missed chances.

“That’s how it is but they had much more that we created in this period. But 15 goals is still absolutely fine and three games to go so possibly increase that number as well.

“We spoke about it. He needs time to adapt. He had that at Benfica as well, but there wasn’t the language issue, or less of a language issue than there was here. It’s clear that we will try to help him and he can help us even more than he has done already.”

Darwin Nunez likened to Timo Werner as transfer tipped to end in failure

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