Jurgen Klopp admitted frustration from two-goal hero Darwin Nunez for not starting in Liverpool’s Sunday victory at Newcastle.
The Uruguayan striker, who initially started the match on the bench, entered the game and salvaged his team with an equalizer and a dramatic 93rd-minute winning goal.
After the match, Liverpool boss Klopp openly admitted that the £64 million man was unhappy with his substitute role.
Thus, asked about Nunez starting all three of Liverpool’s opening league games on the bench, Klopp replied: “I understand the question, it’s clear he’s not happy. He will play, there’s no doubt about that. We need everyone. We need to find a way of playing. This is a new team with new key players. It needs time. He scores two goals and can’t get the smile off his face. For the team, it was super important. You need these things together. You cannot force it.”
Anthony Gordon’s 25th-minute goal put Liverpool behind, and their situation worsened as Virgil van Dijk received a red card for fouling Alexander Isak, reducing them to 10 players for over an hour.
Klopp later praised Nunez, who bagged two crucial goals, portraying him as “super” and highlighting his high motivation upon his second-half introduction.
Since his high-profile transfer from Benfica last summer, the 24-year-old has struggled to gain the support of Liverpool fans.
He will be aiming to build on the newfound confidence he displayed while scoring his two goals, in the hopes of securing a place in Klopp’s starting XI for the upcoming match against Aston Villa next weekend.