Klopp hits back at Darwin Nunez online trolls
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the critics of club-record signing Darwin Nunez after his debut for Liverpool in their 4-nil trashing by Manchester United on Tuesday.
Nunez missed a chance to give Liverpool a goal towards the end of the match after Mohamed Salah's effort hit the woodwork but blasted the ball wildly across the post - a miss that sparked a harsh criticisms on the Uruguayan forward.
But as Liverpool prepare for their second outing of the preseason against Crystal Palace at Singapore's National Stadium on Friday, Klopp was quick to brush aside the jibes aimed at his new £85 million man.
"I'm not worried at all," Klopp said, when asked by ESPN if there was potentially a need to preach caution with a player coming with such lofty expectations.
"The general judgement [on Nunez] is absolutely nil interest [to us]. It will be like this, and we all know it."
"It's kind of a game or a joke for some people to pick out some situations where a player's not doing well. That's only a game from [fans of] other clubs, which is normal."
"Our fans probably do [the same] with signings of Manchester United. We cannot take this seriously."
Klopp, who recently signed a four-year contract extension at Anfield, did however call on the club's supporters to get behind the Uruguay striker and not be overly focused on his transfer fee.
"The only real important thing is how I judge the situation for the player and I couldn't be more calm and completely convinced about his potential," Klopp added.
"And actually, what our people, all Liverpool supporters in the whole world should know is that new players need time and get time."
"We should be the first ones to delete the fee we paid [from our thinking]. Just delete it, it's not important."
"It's like this with strikers. He missed a chance and then there are some nervous people going, 'oh my god, he missed a chance'. I can promise you it will not be the last."