Diogo Jota has backed Darwin Nunez’s summer signing to help adjust to life in the Premier League following a tumultuous start to English football for the forward.
Nunez was signed from Benfica during Liverpool’s summer transfer window, with fans making a fuss about the striker’s arrival as he netted 34 times in 41 games in all competitions last season.
The 23-year-old started well in England, scoring in the Community Shield and on his Premier debut, but a red card for a headbutt against Joachim Andersen in the Liverpool game raised questions about his attitude.
There was a lot of pressure on Nunez’ shoulders when he arrived as a club-record signing and part of a plan to replace Sadio Mane’s hold on the side after the Senegalese attacker was sold to Bayern Munich.
Goalless games followed until he scored Liverpool’s first equalizer against Arsenal last weekend when he fired home from a Luis Diaz cross. Although the Reds would lose the game, having Nunez score is a huge plus for Jurgen Klopp and his side.
Fellow striker Jota believes the Uruguayan should be given credit for showing the mental capacity to recover from his tumultuous start to life in England.
Ahead of the Champions League clash with Rangers, Jota said: “Well I think like in life you get over things sometimes.
“Obviously he started really well and people started to think his adjustment was never a problem but maybe it needed a few more games to get used to the level he showed us and he showed everyone last year has shown.
“And with that string of games he’s got he’s already scored and I think he’s in a better position and people in the squad understand his game better.
“So it’s good for everyone and tomorrow there will be more evidence I hope.”
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has also praised Nunez following his performance against the Gunners, telling The Gary Neville Podcast: “I thought he was really good, even in the difficult parts of the game for Liverpool he was their best player , his runs were good.
“Liverpool needed a centre-forward. [Sadio] mane walks, [Roberto] Firmino… I think people who watch him a lot more than I do say he’s slacked off a bit so they had to revive those front three.
“They needed a centre-forward. When they signed Nunez, there was this comparison between [Erling] Haaland and Nunez. I remember the headlines from back then [after the Community Shield]we all should and are now looking at three months later but that was a debate.