Darwin Nunez is not concerned by his mixed start to life with Liverpool, believing he will follow the path of countryman Luis Suarez who did not really hit the ground running but went on to be prolific for the Reds.
Nunez arrived from Benfica over the summer with a lot of expectation, and while his first season with the Reds has not been disastrous so far, it has not been brilliant.
The Uruguayan has scored five Premier League goals, with three more coming in the Champions League and one in the FA Cup, earning plenty of praise from his manager in the process.
However, he has missed quite a lot of chances as well, certainly having more than enough opportunities to have been far more prolific than he has been.
He would prefer to be topping the scoring charts already, but he is not concerned, having experienced similar himself before and watching Suarez do similar at Anfield.
Nunez scored just six league goals in his first season with Benfica, but then scored 26 in his second. Suarez joined Liverpool in January 2011 and scored four goals by the end of that campaign, then 11 league goals in his second season before really bursting into life and scoring 30 and then 31 goals in all competitions over the next two.
He knows he has improving to do, but the 23-year-old believes that will happen and there will be plenty of goals to come in his future.
‘It is a case of adapting,’ Nunez told Sky Sports. ‘Adapting is important – and not only here at the club. Things have to be good on the football side, but also with your family, because if your family is OK, then you will always be OK. My family and I are good.
‘Obviously, I still have many things to work on, for example my finishing. But I think the same thing is happening to me as happened to Suarez. In his second year, he tore it up.
‘Something similar happened to me already at Benfica. The first year went very badly for me and in the second, I exploded.
‘Here, I think the same thing is happening. I hope next season will be like that. I’ll put my best forward and hopefully I’ll get a bit of luck.’
Nunez will be hoping to start when Liverpool go to Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday, having scored his last goal against the same opposition in the FA Cup last month.
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