Robertson argues that Nunez wasn’t a problem for Liverpool
Andy Robertson urged supporters to have patience with the Reds’ new striker while maintaining that Liverpool had no reservations about Darwin Nunez after the Uruguayan scored four goals in a preseason hammering of RB Leipzig.
Darwin’s lack of a goal in Liverpool’s first two preseason games drew criticism from Jurgen Klopp, but the new signing excelled against the Bundesliga team.
In a 5-0 victory in Germany, the former Benfica striker scored four goals after going on as a halftime substitute, including a hat-trick just 20 minutes after entering the game.
As the €75 million newcomer settles in on Merseyside, Robertson encouraged patience in a post on the club’s website following that victory.
“Getting acclimated to new signings always requires some adjustment. It’s no different because we’ve all gone through it ourselves, the left back stated.
“It’s possible that he is under pressure from outside sources because of the fee and other factors, but to us it makes no difference. People have entered for modest sums or large fees; it makes no difference.
“We know they have to take time to get used to our system, get used to our style of play, to get used to how we want them to play and things like that.
“He’s adapting, he’s getting fitter, he’s getting stronger – like all of us are in pre-season – and he needs time to adapt. Today will do him a world of good. Today will give him a lot of confidence in terms of in front of goal and everything, which is obviously so important for a striker.
“So, [we’re] delighted about that and we don’t have any worries about him. It’s just about having a bit of time with him, having a bit of patience, and we’ve got that and hopefully the Liverpool fans have it as well.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s latest pre-season outing came on the fifth anniversary of Robertson joining in an £8million move from Hull City.
Robertson has made 161 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since joining, a tally only bettered by Mohamed Salah (180), Sadio Mane (169) and Roberto Firmino (165) in that time, while only Salah (46) has bettered his tally of 45 league assists since July 2017.
Looking back on his five years at Anfield, the Scotland international expressed pride at following in the footsteps of compatriots such as Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness in winning silverware at Liverpool, as he targeted bringing up a decade with the club.
“On that day it was a huge honour for me to sign for the club,” he recalled. “A lot of people said that the club don’t really win stuff without Scottish players, so obviously when I signed then I wanted to achieve it.
“We’ve obviously got a long history of Scottish players playing for this club, legends in their own right, and the fact I can be a part of this club, it meant a lot that day and it still means a lot now. So, hopefully many more years to come.
“Five years have flown by. It felt like yesterday that I was signing and it’s crazy that that time has passed. I’m a wee bit older, a wee bit wiser now, certainly look a bit older now than the day I signed!
“It’s amazing playing for this club, I don’t want it to end, I want it to continue for as many years as I can. But five years is incredible but now I look to the next five. I’m always one to look forward and hopefully we can achieve a lot more things.”