‘I don’t think classy is the word’ – Rio Ferdinand backs Darwin Nunez to succeed despite criticism
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 21, 2022 - 05:21AM
Darwin Nunez scored his first Anfield goal for Liverpool on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

has backed to be a success for Liverpool, but does not see the Uruguayan as a ‘classy’ striker and feels his finishing could be a lot cleaner.

The 23-year-old scored his first Anfield goal on Wednesday night, netting the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over in the Premier League.

It has been an encouraging, but not faultless, start to life at Liverpool for the summer signing from Benfica, with his progress hampered by a three-game ban for headbutting ’s Joachim Anderson.

The header against West Ham was only his second Premier League goal, but he has shown a lot of qualities that will worry defenders, with pace, power and strength among his attributes.

Ferdinand can see the potential in the forward, but does not think the technique on his finishing is quite up to scratch yet, although he has backed Nunez to improve and be a hit for the Reds.

‘I don’t think classy would be one of the words I would use,’ Ferdinand said on ‘I think he’s a handful, aggressive, wants the battle, wants contact, he doesn’t mind that. He wants to run in behind and make it uncomfortable for you.

‘I just think his finishing, execution isn’t quite clean yet. He may end up being a classy and clean finisher, but at the moment I don’t see him as being that.

Nunez has the ingredients to become a fan favourite at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It might be confidence, I saw him at Benfica and he hit things cleanly but there was still a rough edge around him.

‘I put that down to age, he can probably grow into that, I think he will do, it’ll take time. But at the moment he’s snatching at a lot of stuff, but that’s expected of a new signing who hasn’t had the perfect start like a Haaland.

‘I think he’s got all the right attributes to be a success at Liverpool.’


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