Kevin Campbell has claimed “what really matters” for Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez is the first game of the Premier League season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton goalscorer insisted pre-season is no gauge of a player’s ability.
On Thursday (21 July), Nunez answered his critics by scoring four goals in a 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.
What a night @LFC! 🏽
— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) July 21, 2022
The Uruguay striker came under scrutiny for his cameo performances against Man United and Crystal Palace earlier in the month.
Speaking to Sky Sports (23 July), Jurgen Klopp called the criticism of Nunez “crazy”.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest, Campbell said: “Everything is new for Nunez.
“It is like being at school for the first day.
“Yes, he has played against Liverpool but that does not prepare you for a new type of football.
“It is a new type of training, new teammates and a new language. He is getting to know his surroundings.
“Sometimes these things take a little bit of time. Although he has arrived for big money, he is a human being. It will take time.
“Nobody can doubt his talent, that is the most important thing. The issue is, how quickly can he adapt?
“Pre-season is not the best gauge of that. He will be tired, will be travelling. It is all new.
“We have seen better strikers than Nunez come to England and struggle to adapt. I think he will do well though.
“What really matters is the first game of the season. That is when it really matters. The hope will be that Nunez hits the ground running in the Premier League.”