Liverpool told why it could take as long as ‘six months’ for £85m summer signing to finally hit his straps

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes it could take Darwin Nunez as long as “six months” to finally settle in at Liverpool after a tough start to life at Anfield.

The forward cost the Reds a club-record £85million when he signed from Benfica over the summer. However, he has so far notched only two goals in eight appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The Uruguay international did get off to a bright start, scoring in his opening two games. But a red card against Crystal Palace led to a three-match ban and Nunez has been unable to find the target since.

The 23-year-old was left out of the starting XI that drew with Brighton last weekend. However, he did return to the line-up for the midweek Champions League win over Rangers.

At this stage, it’s unlikely Nunez will get the nod at Arsenal on Sunday, with Roberto Firmino tipped to lead the line.

Klopp recently pleaded for patience when it comes to the club’s record after holding a lengthy meeting with the striker.

And, according to Campbell, it could take Nunez almost a full season to get to grips with life in England.

Nunez needs time to adapt

He told Football Insider: “This is one of the problems when you go to a club like Liverpool with the levels they expect to be at.

“His sending-off did him no favours. He was still getting used to the Premier League.

“He’s missed three games, come back – and now he’s not scoring. He’s not hit the ground running.

“Sometimes, it takes six months to settle in. Jurgen Klopp has the squad to change things around.

“He’s got to find the right balance, and he’s gone back to his tried and tested – and it’s worked, in a sense.

“Nunez will get his game time, and Liverpool will come good. It’s just a difficult time for him right now.”

Haaland antics have not helped

Campbell appears to have more confidence in Nunez than many Liverpool fans, who fear the attacker is already a ‘bust’.

Nunez has not been helped by Erling Haaland’s exploits at Manchester City so far this season.

Much was made of Premier League title rivals Liverpool and City adding big-money No.9 to their ranks over the summer.

However, while Nunez has struggled, Haaland has been nothing short of sensational in a City shirt. Indeed, the Norwegian has already notched a remarkable 19 goals in 12 appearances for the club in all competitions.

While Nunez is almost certain to be watching on from the bench again at The Emirates, Haaland will look to put struggling Southampton to the sword on Saturday.

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