Jurgen Klopp has been told that Liverpool have signed another Timo Werner in Darwin Nunez, who is “not going to convert the amount of chances he gets”.
Nunez joined Liverpool in a club-record £85m deal last summer and struck 15 goals in all competitions for the Reds, including nine in 29 Premier League appearances.
Having started down the middle Nunez ended the season playing predominantly from the left after Cody Gakpo joined in January.
Nunez has frequently criticised for missing chances but has also shown how his physicality can cause huge problems for defences both domestically and in Europe.
But Tony Cascarino is unconvinced, and likened the Uruguayan’s first season to what we saw from Werner and Fernando Torres at Chelsea.
“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.”
Klopp has backed Nunez to the hilt despite the criticism and at the end of the season said he was happy with his goal tally, insisting that the 24-year-old still needs time to adapt to Premier League football.
“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.”