Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks it’s “crazy” how quickly critics have been on the backs of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland in pre-season.
Uruguay striker Nunez joined the Reds from Benfica in a move worth a potential £85m (€100m) in June, while Manchester City agreed a £51m deal of pounds (60 million euros) with Borussia Dortmund for Haaland a month earlier.
Both major investments were seen as deals likely to widen the gap between them and the rest of the Premier League, although each player courted criticism.
For Nunez, the flak came in his first game of the pre-season after missing a big chance in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United.
Haaland was then ridiculed for a difficult day against the Reds as Klopp’s side won the Community Shield at the end of July.
Nunez scored in that win over City before coming off the bench to find the back of the net and provide an assist for Mohamed Salah in a 2-2 draw at Fulham, while Haaland scored on his Premier League debut with a brace in a victory at West Ham. .
For Klopp, the desperation to write off players is unnecessary and unfair.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Monday’s clash with Crystal Palace, Klopp said: “Five weeks ago when we started pre-season and [Nunez] had their first game and it didn’t look great to the outside world.
“Not for us, but it’s crazy how quickly we judge people… wow!
“Imagine if someone did this to us and said, ‘First day on the job, it didn’t work out. Go home, we never want to see you again! And you don’t get a second chance by the way.’ – We would all be long gone! No chance.
“Everyone can now see: ‘Ah, he’s a good striker’ – good for us and good for him.
“He’s a handful and he’s a different type to what we had. He’s very lively and very energetic. Physically he’s really strong and technically he’s really good. to be more settled, more confident and more sure of oneself in a new environment. .
“You can’t say, ‘Come on, you have to give me 100% immediately’ – you have to develop it and that’s what we’re doing right now and in a good way.
“It’s funny too, we won against Manchester City the week before the season and everyone was asking, ‘Will Haaland score this and that?
“One week is like 10 years of football!”
Klopp has already dealt with the disruption of several injuries, but he reiterated that the Reds have no plans to enter the transfer market.
“If there had been the right player and an opportunity we would have done it, we would, but I can’t see it because we’ve had a lot of conversations already and it doesn’t look like anything will happen.” , did he declare. added.
“I’m happy with the strength, size and quality of my team, but we have injuries. There are many solutions. One of them is the transfer market, but that doesn’t matter. meaning if you can bring in the right player.
“All the other solutions are inside the group. We have too many injuries, that’s clear. Naby [Keita] will be back for Monday and Kostas [Tsimikas] going to train for the first time, so he could be back too.”