Jurgen Klopp urges Darwin Nunez to do better with ‘real’ Premier League defenders and use their talk to him against them… striker suspended Return to Merseyside derby after three games
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urges Darwin Nunes to deal better with defenders
- Klopp thinks forward will be targeted by defenders trying to get him sent off
- Nunes sent off for headbutting Joachim Andersen against Crystal Palace
- Uruguayan will have option against Everton after suspension ends
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Darwin Nunes to take advantage of being targeted by opposing defenders.
The Reds striker returned to Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Everton after being handed a three-match ban for a red card on his home debut against Crystal Palace.
The ex-Benfica man lost his cool and headbutted Joachim Andersen, which cost him his immediate dismissal during the clash on August 15.
Darwin Nunes was sent off for headbutting defender Joachim Andersen against Crystal Palace
Jurgen Klopp urges Benfica’s summer signing to be ready for confrontation
When Premier League defenders see how easily the 23-year-old can be triggered, their eyes will light up and they will definitely try to counter him.
But Klopp said he could take advantage if the opposition were preoccupied with trying to get Nunes to react.
“Our thinking and how we want to think in this situation is that we give back with football and that’s it,” he said.
Nunes will face Everton defenders James Tuckowski (left) and Kono Cody (right)
“I don’t think (James) Tarkovsky and (Conor) Cody are famous for having too much of this talk during the game. He doesn’t understand most of the stuff anyway, but you don’t have to be too creative.
“I don’t think the two boys are like that, but who knows? We’ll see.
“If Darwin plays then he has to be ready for these things, of course, that’s clear, but when a player talks to you a lot or is physically strong, he’s not in his game, he ( Nunes) can already take advantage of these moments.
Nunes joins Liverpool from Benfica during summer transfer window for a club-record fee
“If the other guy is too busy and wants to distract him, you just use it from a football perspective.
“For the Crystal Palace game, when the defenders are looking for this constant contact, and then from there, you decide when to start moving, that sort of thing.”
Klopp has revealed that he has spoken to the Uruguayan about controlling his emotions, but has not gone too far.
Nunes has not played since the match against Crystal Palace due to Premier League suspension
“Honestly, he’s a great young man, but he also has emotions,” he added. “So made a mistake and we didn’t speak to him for 15 days, telling him ‘you have to calm down’.
“I think Luis Suarez told him I’m not sure they talked privately, but maybe they did it through the news and using some media. It happens, but it happens to other people too, that’s it, you just have to Ignore it and use it.
“It’s a lot of stuff for the boys, it’s all brand new, it’s the first home game, it’s very exciting, the emotional level you go into the game is already high, you don’t need to get a little too emotional.
‘These two weeks have definitely helped, you can see it. Will it never happen again? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure nothing will happen next game.