Jurgen Klopp urges Darwin Nunez to deal better with ‘physical’ defenders in the Premier League and use their talk against them… as the striker prepares to return to the Merseyside derby after being suspended for three games.
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urges Darwin Nunez to deal better with defenders
- Klopp believes the striker will be targeted by defenders trying to send him off
- Nunez was sent off against Crystal Palace for a header on Joachim Andersen
- Uruguay will be available for selection against Everton after the ban expires
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Darwin Nunez to use targeting by rival defenders to his advantage.
The Reds striker returned to the Merseyside derby fold on Saturday at Everton after serving a three-match ban for a red card in his first home appearance against Crystal Palace.
The former Benfica player lost his temper and was hit with a header by Joachim Andersen, which earned him an immediate expulsion in the August 15 confrontation.
Darwin Nunez has been sent off against Crystal Palace for assaulting defender Joachim Andersen
Jurgen Klopp urged summer signing from Benfica to prepare to face hostility
The eyes of the Premier League defenders lit up when they saw how easy the 23-year-old was to run and they would surely try to antagonize him.
But Klopp says that if the opposition is busy trying to get a reaction from Nunez, he could benefit.
“Our thoughts and how we want to think in these situations is that we give back through football, and that’s the situation,” he said.
Nunez will face Everton defenders James Tarkowski (left) and Kono Cowade (right).
I don’t think (James) Tarkowski and (Connor) Coady are famous for a lot of that kind of talk during a match. Most of the stuff he doesn’t understand anyway, but you don’t have to be very creative with it.
I don’t think boys are like that, but who knows? we will see.
If he plays Darwin, he has to be prepared for these things, sure, that’s obvious, but when a player talks to you a lot or is really physical, he’s not playing his game, and he’s (Nunes). To use this kind of moment as well.
Nunez joined Liverpool from Benfica during the summer transfer window for a club-record fee
If the other is too busy wanting to be distracted, just use it from a football point of view.
“For the Crystal Palace game, when the defender is looking for that constant contact, you go from there and decide when to start the movement, that kind of thing.”
Klopp revealed that he spoke to the Uruguayan about keeping his emotions in check, but he hasn’t gone overboard.
Nunez has not played since the match against Palace due to his suspension from the Premier League
He added, “He’s a cool guy honestly, but he also has feelings.” “So we made a mistake, we didn’t talk to him for the whole 15 days about it and tell him, ‘You have to calm down’.
I think Luis Suarez told him, ‘I’m not sure they spoke in private, but maybe they did via the news and using some media. This will happen but it will happen to others too, that’s what happens, you just have to ignore it and use it.
“There was a lot put together for the boy, everything is brand new, it was his first home game, a lot of excitement, the emotional level you go into the game is really high, you don’t need to be a bit too emotional.
The two weeks definitely helped, you can see it. Will it happen again? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure nothing will happen in the next match.
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