Klopp warns Nunez "needs time" following horror miss in pre-season friendly

Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to be patient with Darwin Nunez following the £85million man's horror miss in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat against Manchester United.

Reds fans were given their first glimpse of the club's new record signing on Tuesday, when Klopp's side came to head-to-head with their bitter rivals in a pre-season clash out in Bangkok. Nunez was introduced during the second half – but the Uruguayan striker missed a golden opportunity to open his Reds account when he fluffed his lines from close range.

Fans quickly flocked to social media to dissect Nunez's shocking miss, with some Manchester United fans even claiming that they had "dodged a bullet" after they failed to beat Liverpool to a deal for the forward.

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But Klopp has leapt to Nunez's defence and insisted that he is "completely convinced" about the striker's massive potential. He told BBC Sport: “I am completely convinced about his potential but new players need time and get time. All Liverpool fans on the planet are the first ones who should just delete the fee we paid [from their minds]. Just delete it. It’s unimportant.

“Now it’s a boy from us. Now we do absolutely everything to not only see the things we saw from him at Benfica, no. From now we go – this is just the base. It’s my responsibility to help Darwin fulfil his full potential. I mean it, I’m aware of that responsibility and I’m completely calm.

“I know with strikers it can be like this – they miss a chance and then people get nervous and say, ‘oh my god, he missed a chance!’. I promise, it will not be the last. All strikers in the world, they will miss chances.

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“It’s having chances that is good, and from there we go. I know it’s sometimes a game from fans of other clubs, it might be to do with him [nearly] signing for Manchester United. We cannot take that seriously. With half of a football brain, you do not doubt the potential of Darwin Nunez. We have to help him so he can fulfil that as soon as possible.”

Despite Nunez's awful miss, the excitement around the Liverpool new boy is still palpable as the new season draws closer. The striker plundered 34 goals in all competitions for Benfica last term – including two against the Reds in the Champions League.

Klopp is likely to hand Nunez more minutes on Friday when they meet with Crystal Palace in another all-Premier League clash in Singapore.


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