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‘Pandora’s box’ opens as Nunez scores four goals in friendly against Liverpool

24 Jul 2022 | 08:41 | Football

Darwin Nunez (L) celebrates scoring his team’s fifth goal during a friendly football match between German Bundesliga first division club RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC in Leipzig on July 21, 2022. : AFP

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Darwin Nunez (L) celebrates scoring his team’s fifth goal during a friendly football match between German Bundesliga first division club RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC in Leipzig on July 21, 2022. : AFP

Jurgen Klopp said “Pandora’s box” opened when Liverpool rookie Darwin Nunez scored four goals in a friendly that beat RB Leipzig 5-0 on Thursday.

The Reds brought the Nunez striker to Anfield from Benfica last month for a transfer fee that could rise to a club-record 100 million euros (£85 million, $105 million).

The Uruguayan, who scored 34 goals last season, was criticized by some fans after failing to score in Liverpool’s first games against Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

But he came on at half-time against Leipzig in Germany as Liverpool led 1-0 thanks to a Mohamed Salah goal and scored a penalty before going on to score three more.

“Mo give Darwin the penalty and Darwin, Pandora’s box is open,” Klopp told website heppoolfc.com. “It was of course the perfect night for him.

“We always thought that if you pay a lot the players don’t feel pressure or anything.

“They’re all perfectly normal human beings and the first touch isn’t perfect then all of a sudden… This generation of players reads social media, not really smart, but they have.

“Suddenly you get rushed and things like this. That’s obviously the best way to stop all these discussions.”

Liverpool, who won the FA Cup and League Cup titles last season but finished runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League, will face Manchester City in the Community Shield drawdown next weekend.

The 23-year-old Nunez will be expected to become a key member of Klopp’s squad following Sadio Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich.

“I think people are really happy for him and are looking for him (in the dressing room),” said midfielder Joel Matip.

“Great finish, great pace and body that he always puts in — I think it’s going to be really difficult for our opponents.”

Liverpool open their Premier League campaign against Fulham on August 6.

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