Frank McAvennie has insisted Darwin Nunez can redeem himself in the eyes Liverpool fans next season despite recent criticism of his pre-season performance.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham striker said, as a player, he struggled during pre-season but if Nunez hits the ground running next season his miss will be forgotten about.
Following criticism of Nunez’s miss in a recent pre-season friendly against Man United, Jurgen Klopp told club media (21 July) that the 23-year-old is a different option to what they have at the moment but insisted he is a “really good one”.
Resiliencia 🤫 pic.twitter.com/e90QJAdpc7
— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) July 15, 2022
The Uruguay international put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Reds this summer.
McAvennie said that he struggled during pre-season as a player but was able to redeem himself during the season.
“When I went to West Ham we never won a game in pre-season,” he told Football Insider.
“We were hopeless, the system wasn’t working that the manager wanted. So it was hard. I don’t think the fans were too impressed with me during pre-season, they didn’t know who I was.
“But the first home game of the season I scored twice so that’s a good way to get the fans on your side.
“When you’re a striker you’ve got to score goals. The fans will get on your back if you miss a chance. But if you let them get to you you’ll miss the next one.
“Strikers are always going to miss chances, it’s how they react to it and how you deal with it. At the start of the season he scores a couple and it’s forgotten about. It’ll be worse because it’s Man United, that’s what the Liverpool fans will be upset about.“