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Liverpool signing deemed a 'blunder'; player not showing required 'cognitive abilities' on the pitch
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Liverpool signing deemed a 'blunder'; player not showing required 'cognitive abilities' on the pitch

Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez to much fanfare this summer.

The Reds made the Uruguay international their record signing for a fee reportedly worth up to £85million.

Liverpool signed Nunez in wake of an amazing 2021-22 campaign for Benfica.

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The 23-year-old registered a staggering 34 goals and four assists from 41 outings.

Nunez even scored twice against Liverpool themselves in the Champions League.

Many were predicting a direct battle with Erling Haaland for the Golden Boot this season.

Nunez hit the ground running in his first two competitive games.

He scored against Manchester City in the Community Shield and got a goal and an assist in the Premier League opener against Fulham.

But then, Nunez picked up a red card against Crystal Palace, which caused him to miss the next three games.

The Reds newcomer then failed to score on his return as Liverpool drew at Everton and lost to Napoli in Europe.

And El Pais – via Sport Witness – have now claimed that Nunez’s signing is ‘Jurgen Klopp’s biggest miscalculation’.

‘Too many wrong decisions’

According to the Spanish outlet, club officials are openly admitting that signing Nunez ‘was a blunder’.

This is apparently due to the ‘cognitive abilities’, or lack of them, he is showing in training and in matches.

They say Nunez being substituted in the 4-1 defeat to Napoli was ‘the most ominous manifestation’ of a growing crisis for Klopp and Liverpool.

Klopp reportedly put Nunez through a set of exercises that measure mental speed.

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During this, the striker was apparently ‘making too many wrong decisions. And that under pressure his controls were a lottery.’

Since then, Klopp has worked to train the striker. However, he has been forced to use him as an ‘opportunist’ to fight for crosses or an impact sub, added the report.

Liverpool’s owners were apparently left ‘perplexed’ when Klopp dismissed any concerns. This is even though the club staff had warned they were ‘taking a huge risk’.

In addition, Klopp reportedly endorsed the move for the Uruguayan while ‘flatly ruling out’ more affordable options such as Richarlison, Heung-min Son and Robert Lewandowski.

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