Jurgen Klopp believes ‘important’ goals inspire Darwin Nunez to show his best form at Anfield after his disjointed start to the season… as Uruguayan hitman leads Liverpool to a 1-0 win against West Ham
- Darwin Nunez headed in the opener as Liverpool defeated West Ham 1-0 at Anfield
- The £86million summer tally has had a turbulent start to life at Liverpool
- Nunez was sent off in his third game and has been on the bench a lot
- Klopp thinks the Uruguayan is starting to show his best form in front of goal
- Liverpool are without Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz due to long-term injuries
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Darwin Nunez is now bolstering his potential with goals after the Uruguay international scored the winner in a 1-0 win over West Ham.
The 23-year-old has had a disjointed start to his Anfield career after being sent off on his third appearance, but after being offered a number of promising cameos he is now turning this into tangible results.
His goal was his third goal in as many starts and his first half performance alone, in which he had five shots, scored one and hit the post with another, showed the threat he poses and his night only became 57th. minute prematurely as a precaution against injury.
Jurgen Klopp believes Darwin Nunez is starting to boost his potential with ‘major’ targets
He scored a header in the 22nd minute to help Liverpool score a 1-0 win against West Ham
“It (its purpose) is important. He has now scored a few goals in the last few games. He came in 100 per cent now even with numbers, which is fine,” said Klopp, who needs Nunez’s contribution more than ever after losing strikers Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota to long-term injuries.
“He kind of felt the muscles at half time but it was all good and after five minutes (of the second half) I was a little worried about long sprints ahead of him and balls where he stretches his legs.
“I thought, ‘Come on, we can’t take that risk’ and that’s why we changed. I think we caught it at the right time.
“It certainly wasn’t easy tonight, but we played well enough – and very well at times. In the end good enough to earn three points.’
Klopp replaced the Uruguayan attacker midway through the second half as a precaution
After beating Manchester City by a similar score on Sunday, this was a very different achievement, but in the middle of a three-game week, it was probably understandable.
They were also indebted to goalkeeper Alisson Becker for saving a penalty from Jarrod Bowen just before half-time.
“I think the first half was a very good first half, with a bad ending for us with the penalty – but with a good ending because Ali was able to save the penalty,” Klopp added.
His form is vital for Klopp, who is left without Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota (pictured) due to injury
“It still left a bit of a bad taste like we were lucky, but the first half wasn’t – we played an exceptional game.
“We played really good football, we created, we scored a great goal, hit the post, Lukasz Fabianski with great saves and big blocks in the decisive areas of West Ham, but we didn’t play very well in the second half, so that’s why open the game.
“It’s a very important, tough period for all teams, so you have to grind the results out and now the next fight (from Nottingham Forest) is already waiting in three days.”