Pre-season: Jurgen Klopp singles out Nunez blame others


Jurgen Klopp has criticised his players for not supporting Darwin Nunez enough during Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to RB Salzburg on Wednesday evening

Jurgen Klopp and RB Salzburg manager Matthias Jaissle

The Reds lost in Austria thanks to Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko's first-half strike. New signing Nunez, 23, was criticised after the friendly for failing to find the net. He scored four goals in Liverpool's recent 5-0 win against RB Leipzig.

Klopp was keen to support the Uruguayan international at full-time. Nunez joined Liverpool from Benfica in an £85million deal earlier this summer after scoring 34 goals in all competitions last season, including two against the Reds in the Champions League.

"Darwin was much too often alone," Klopp told
Liverpool's website . "Everybody dropped, everybody was involved in the build-up but too wide and we could only pass the ball to Darwin in the box. He had his moments and nearly scored, but he needs much more support around him.

On his team's performance against Salzburg, Klopp added: "First half we made too many mistakes, which they could use. We had good moments as well, we could have scored obviously in the whole game like four or five goals at least.

"Didn’t do that because we were in the first half – if you want to talk about football – we were too open, we were too wide, we were not connected enough in moments when you lose the ball. Then everything is open, it’s like a motorway, and with their speed that’s how they had their chances, especially when you lose simple passes where nobody can react really.

"They scored their goal and the last half an hour was like a thunderstorm, we were really like a truck. But we didn’t finish the situations off. Obviously we should involve that in our game as well and then it will be fine."

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