Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tore apart a reporter’s Darwin Nunez question in a heated press conference exchange.
The Reds will take on Fulham on Saturday in their Premier League opener at Craven Cottage, where new £85million striker Nunez could make his English top flight debut. The former Benfica man is expected to challenge Brazilian ace Roberto Firmino for a start in the central-attacking berth.
And the pair’s differing styles prompted one journalist to ask Klopp in the build up to the match whether Firmino can influence Nunez’s development going forward. But the fiery German appeared puzzled as he labelled the question “unnecessary”.
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He quizzed whether the reporter had only asked it due to both strikers being from South America, before going on to actually answer the question.
Klopp said: "Darwin is ready but that doesn't mean he has to start. He needs time to get used to a lot of things but he's already a real help.
"It was a proper pre-season training session for him. He said he was nervous early on. Normal. He's settled quickly. Feels at home."
He added: "Nunez and Firmino are different players, they get on. They are both from South America, both offensive players but different positions.
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“Bobby is an exceptional player. He has his own way of playing football. As a person, yes, you can learn but as a player, not sure."
Nunez is known for his explosive runs and aerial presence, which helped him notch 34 goals across all competitions last season. Meanwhile, Firmino is better regarded for his build-up play and flair.
After a shaky debut, 23-year-old Uruguayan Nunez has found his shooting boots. He scored four goals in 45 minutes in the Reds’ 5-0 pre-season win over RB Leipzig, and netted in stoppage time to secure Liverpool’s 3-1 Community Shield triumph over Man City.
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