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Liverpool told three outlandish claims about Darwin Nunez, as pundit explains what’s holding the striker back

Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez has been told what he must do to reverse his fortunes at Liverpool, with one pundit tripling down with three dubious claims.

Liverpool refreshed their attacking ranks this summer upon signing former Benfica hitman, Darwin Nunez. The Uruguayan plundered 34 goals in 41 matches last season and had always put his best foot forward when facing the Reds in the Champions League.

After fending off stiff competition from Manchester United, Liverpool secured a £64m move that could rise to £85m through add-ons.

At roughly the same time, Man City added their own firepower when landing Erling Haaland. Agent’s fees and a colossal salary bump the total cost far higher than that of Nunez’s deal, though in basic transfer fee terms, Nunez was the more expensive player.

Haaland has hit the ground running at the Etihad with 20 goals in his first 14 matches across all competitions. Nunez, meanwhile, has looked a diamond very much in the rough and has five goals to his name in 12 appearances.

The 23-year-old has come in for vehement criticism from pundits and those on social media alike. However, he has always retain the full support of the Anfield crowd and his recent displays suggest he’s finding his feet.

As such, it comes as something of a surprise to see former Hibernian striker, Tam McManus, make three outlandish claims about Nunez.

Pundit makes three curious Darwin Nunez claims

McManus spoke to Football Insider and was in attendance for Liverpool’s 2-0 home victory over Rangers in the Champions League.

He stressed Nunez simply has to score more goals to turn his fortunes around, though with three goals in his last 233 minutes of action, the stats suggest he’s already doing just that.

What’s more, McManus claimed the home Liverpool crowd have begun to get on Nunez’s back, notably in the Rangers tie which McManus attended.

He also reckons Liverpool fans believed they signed the superior player when their club landed Nunez and City signed Haaland.

“I don’t think it has helped, coming in at the same time as Haaland,” said McManus.

“We all remember the Community Shield game when Nunez scored and Haaland didn’t. Liverpool fans were thinking they had got the better deal out of the two of them.

“When you pay that amount of money for a striker, say £100million, you expect them to score every week. They have to play and score every week.

“It’s not quite happened for him. He didn’t play great against Man City when he came on but getting the winning goal against West Ham will give him confidence.

“He looked sharper and I think that goal might just be a weight off his shoulders in terms of getting goals.

“There is plenty of competition for places at Liverpool so he needs to keep going. I think it’s great for him that he got the winning goal and the headlines.

“He is obviously a very good player. I was actually at Anfield for the game against Rangers and you could just sense that the fans were getting on him when he missed a few chances.

“I think the only thing he can do to turn it around is score goals.”

McManus claims wide of the mark

The claim Liverpool fans were “getting on” Nunez couldn’t be further from the truth.

While there are always dissenting voices on social media, the Anfield crowd and Liverpool’s away support have provided nothing but encouragement and support for their new striker.

Furthermore, the claim Liverpool fans were lulled into believing they signed the superior player to Haaland is pure nonsense.

Even the most optimistic of Reds fans were fully aware of how lethal Haaland has and will continue to be.

While they may have hoped Nunez could counter City’s Haaland coup to some degree, few were foolish enough to dismiss Haaland as anything but the world class striker he is.

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