Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool star as “exceptional” and “special” after performance against Man City

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed Darwin Nunez as an exceptional and special striker after he scored in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday.

Nunez was signed by Liverpool in June for an initial £64million from Benfica; that fee is likely to rise to £75m, once he hits certain targets, but it has the potential to go as far as £85m if he hits all clauses.

Klopp said about Nunez: “He was good, really good. It was clear that he will get better with time, everybody gets judged on first sight, that is not helpful to anyone but it happens.

“Both teams were not at 100 percent at their physical usual situation but in the first few games we are not even close to the fitness levels today and after the third ball he was completely killed and everyone judges that. It’s just a joke but we have to live with that, he will deal with it brilliantly. We are patient and we know he can do good stuff.

“I liked his impact and the impact from the bench was exceptional. Everyone who came on was important. Good game, we came back in the game and City had to run a lot and we finished the game off with nice goals. A good watch. Both teams used and that is what we could have expected.”

“They are special species, strikers, and everybody needs little positives,” Klopp added.

“For strikers that means goals or goal involvements. Darwin even without scoring the third one, but the goal obviously is the icing on the cake so really pleased for him. You could see on his face and on the faces of all his team-mates how happy the boys are for him.”