Klopp speaks out on Nunez after forward sets unwanted record

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Jurgen Klopp on Darwnin Nunez

It was a good day at the office for most of the Liverpool squad vs Chelsea but one man had an absolute nightmare.

After taking a match-high 11 shots, it has been revealed that Darwin Nunez became the first player in Premier League history, since such records began, to hit the woodwork four times in a single match.

This included a first-half penalty that cannoned back off the post despite sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that Nunez was downbeat at half-time following his failed spot-kick. However, he was full of praise for how many chances the striker created: “Insane first half, unbelievable. Outstanding. Why do we speak about Darwin? Obviously because he has so many situations where he missed.

“It is the first time since we count, a player hits the woodwork four times in a game. Yeah, now think you are in his boots, how that feels. Now missing a penalty, you could see at half-time he was really upset with himself.

“And then missing a header from close range, but then setting up a goal. He stays in the game. There was never a striker who barely could walk and everyone asks, ‘What is he doing?’ and becomes the final picture of himself. This is the way it works. It’s just crazy that he creates that many. Imagine for a second he would take them on all. The numbers would be absolutely insane, to an extent where we wouldn’t understand it anymore so it’s normal.

“For us, it’s unimportant. We scored four goals, who cares if we could have scored a fifth or sixth? It’s really not important. We need to win football games and he will score, he has scored already. And setting up in a really important moment, the fourth goal, because 3-2 or 4-1, that’s a big difference. That makes him the player he is for us and the rest will come, definitely.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.