Virgil van Dijk has encouraged Darwin Nunez to “watch and learn” from Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino so he can “master” pressing.
Nunez hit the ground jogging when he came on for the past 50 percent an hour against Gentleman Town in the Neighborhood Protect on Saturday. He won the penalty that Mohamed Salah scored prior to he added Liverpool’s third late on.
The newcomer scored four plans in a pleasant in opposition to RB Leipzig last 7 days and he is likely to substitute Firmino extended-expression.
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Firmino, the cornerstone of Klopp’s urgent philosophy, is in the final 12 months of his deal but claimed just after Saturday’s acquire reported he desired to continue to be the club.
Nunez, however, signifies the prolonged-time period resolution to the central striker’s purpose but for him to excel Van Dijk thinks he would be sensible to choose some guidelines from the male he will inevitably replace.
“He has to just continue to keep working and maintain finding out. We engage in in a way that as a striker, you do a great deal of defending as very well. That’s a little something strikers have to understand,” reported the Netherlands captain.
“Bobby naturally mastered it and I consider he’s just one of the very best types in that posture to do it.
“For Darwin to discover from Bobby, but also carry his personal qualities into the activity with runs in powering, mixing it up, it’s fantastic. He can blend it up, and he can protect from the front.”
There was consternation amid a area of the fanbase when Sadio Mane was allowed to go away for Bayern Munich in the summer time to pave the way for Nunez’s arrival for what could be a club-record £85million rate.
Even so, the 23-12 months-aged has now revealed in bursts the affect he can have and whilst he does not have the multi-functional skillset of Mane he provides Liverpool an possibility up front they have not earlier had.
“Obviously he is a absolutely diverse player to Sadio, for illustration, but we have moved on,” added Van Dijk.
“We acquired him in, unique player, unique characteristics, and we can use people in a favourable way.
“It was a very good start off but it’s only a commence. Ideally there will be quite a few extra instances, and we are all assured.
“To rating that intention was important, but for him it is the exact as it was for me the transfer payment is not some thing you should really believe about. I don’t assume he does.
“He just has to keep his head down, work challenging and be essential for the club. I assume he confirmed that.”
When Van Dijk arrived in January 2018 for a then globe-report payment for a defender he was thrust straight into the workforce at the very first chance but pretty couple gamers – Luis Diaz this January most likely being the exception – get that kind of commence below Klopp.
The Dutchman said Nunez just experienced to dismiss the hoopla all around his arrival and produce on the pitch.
“I’m not heading to give him far too a lot tips but naturally he will know that he has to concentrate on his possess match and not what other folks have to say,” he reported.
“There is stress on players who are coming in with a massive selling price tag, but what can you do? You appear in to conduct, and the club pays a transfer payment for you.
“You just have to get the job done, and in his situation attempt to score as quite a few targets as attainable.
“He has to not glance at, for illustration, what all you fellas (in the media) say about him after a sport. He has to just focus on himself and get settled in as quickly as attainable.
“The only way to do that is to master from teaching, understand from the games you engage in, and never glimpse at what some others have to say about you and your performances.
“That, for me, is the important to achievements. You can get distracted by all that.”