Roberto Firmino has claimed that Darwin Nunez will be vital to Liverpool this season as they hunt for silverware.
Speaking via Football ⚽, Firmino claimed that the 23-year-old will ‘help’ Liverpool so much in his debut campaign.
“Darwin is a good friend, I think he’ll help us a lot,” said the Brazilian forward. He also insisted that he welcomes the added competition from his new teammate.
“Obviously there’s always going to be competition in every position, we’re a team and what count is what’s best for Liverpool, getting the three points and helping the team. In any case it comes down to the coach’s decision and I’m always going to give my all so I can stand a better chance of playing”
Nunez hoping to kick-on from inconsistent start
If Liverpool are to hit the heights they hope to this season, they’ll certainly need Darwin to be on form.
So far, it has been a little bit of a strange introduction into English football for the Uruguayan. Two goals in two games represented a brilliant start, but the needless red card in just his third game for the club was a bizarre low-point.
Nunez returned on Saturday to play in his first Merseyside Derby, and generally did okay.
But it’s clear that after years of the Firmino/Mane/Salah triad, Liverpool’s new front-three will take some time to click.
That could actually inadvertently benefit Firmino in his search for more game-time. Nunez’s sending-off has had a hand in this, but Bobby has actually started five of Liverpool’s seven games so far.
Those five games have brought three goals and three assists. If Nunez endures a bit of a lean spell, it looks as though Firmino is ready to pick up the slack.
The expectation is still that Darwin will come good for Liverpool. Whether he can replicate the goals of Sadio Mane or not will be a decent yardstick for his season.
Seven games into last season, Mane had three goals. Nunez currently has two, but has only played four times. Keep going at that kind of rate and he’s got nothing to worry about.