Jose Enrique tells Jurgen Klopp to drop Liverpool star who will ‘never be world class’
'If you want to win the Premier League, he cannot be starting.'
Since arriving from Benfica last year in a deal worth up to £85million, Nunez has been under immense scrutiny, but after a shaky start it appears he has found his groove.
So far this season, the Uruguayan has scored seven and assisted five in 15 games across all competitions, ranking him for second for goals (behind Mohamed Salah) and top for assists in the Reds squad.
However, he is still susceptible to missing great chances to score, most recently at Luton Town where he missed an open goal from just a few yards out, with Liverpool going on to shockingly draw that game.
But despite his great improvement, Enrique is not at all convinced that Nunez is the right man to lead the line for Liverpool, urging Jurgen Klopp to start another of his forwards instead.
‘He’s [Nunez] never going to be a world class striker, especially with the way Liverpool play,’ the former Reds defender told Grosvenor Sport.
‘He’s 24 now – it’s not as if he’s still 19 or something. For me, Diogo Jota is a better striker than him. I think Darwin is a good player, but ever since he’s arrived, I’ve never viewed him as a starting player for Liverpool.
‘If you want to win the Premier League, Darwin cannot be your starting number 9, that’s my opinion. He doesn’t suit the way Jurgen Klopp plays.
‘If you are a counter attacking team, that would suit him, then he could kill opposition sides. However, high pressing and front foot intensity isn’t for him.’
As it stands, Liverpool are third in the Premier League and just three points off leaders Manchester City, with the two sides set to face each other at the end of November.
It appears that this season will have a wide open title race, with Arsenal and Tottenham also in contention, but Enrique doesn’t believe the Reds have what it takes to beat their rivals.
He added: ‘Liverpool look very weak in defence. Even Luton, who are bottom of the table, were creating 1v1 situations close to the penalty area after just two passes, it was crazy.
‘The problem is that they didn’t deserve more against them – they deserved a draw and didn’t deserve to win that game. It’s a difficult situation for Liverpool.
‘I don’t know why some fans actually thought they could fight for the Premier League – the target for them should be finishing in the top four.
‘They’re not strong enough to compete with Manchester City, I wish they were, but without a world class number 6 – which they lost when Fabinho left – and another right-back who can be behind Trent Alexander-Arnold – they won’t challenge.
‘In attack, I think they are sorted, but there’s still too much going on in defence for them to compete with Manchester City and Arsenal.’
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