Liverpool icon Michael Owen has said that Darwin Nunez is making too many mistakes as his woes in front of goal continue.
Nunez has started his Reds career in disappointing fashion, struggling for goals. The Uruguayan striker arrived from Benfica in the summer in a club-record £85 million deal, including add-ons.
He joined Jurgen Klopp's side with a reputation for being a prolific goalscorer, netting 48 goals in 85 games at the Estadio da Luz. However, Nunez keeps spurning golden opportunities at goal at his new club.
Owen told Premier League productions about Nunez's struggles:
“I think this lad has got so much raw ability. He makes so many mistakes. I can’t believe he is so raw, at the moment."
Owen wondered if the striker was coached in the past before he arrived at Liverpool:
“It looks like he has hardly been coached a lot of the time throughout his career. I think Liverpool can coach him in the right way and get some experience."
Nunez has scored nine goals in 22 appearances for Klopp's side. He gets himself in the right positions, and his movement has been lauded. However, Nunez seemingly lacks composure in front of goal.
He had a glaring miss in the Reds' shock 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Monday (January 2). There's a ton of pressure on the Uruguayan to produce the goods, given his price tag and the fact that he hsa essentially replaced Sadio Mane.
He will hope to get back to scoring ways when Liverpool face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday (January 7) in the Premier League.
Arsenal legend David Seaman takes issue with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's complaints after Brentford loss
Klopp was unhappy following his side's 3-1 loss to Brentford, claiming that the Bees are allowed to 'stretch the rules' while also criticising officials.
Brentford's third goal came when Bryan Mbuemo shrugged off Ibrahima Konate, sending the French defender to the floor before slotting past goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Klopp was in anger on the touchline after the goal as Liverpool players argued over a foul not given.
Seaman, though, reckons Klopp's complaints have no merit, saying on his Seaman Says Podcast:
"I can’t believe he (Klopp) was moaning about Brentford manhandling some of his players. If he didn’t know that was going to happen, then he needs to watch more football; you know exactly what’s going to happen when you go to Brentford; it’s almost like going to the old Wimbledon."
"It’s a physical game when you play them, and you know that. I find it weird when a manager moans like that after the game."
The defeat to Thomas Frank's side sees the Reds remain sixth in the league, trailing fourth-placed Manchester United by seven points.