Former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler has defended new-boy Darwin Nunez.
The Reds signed the striker from Benfica for a transfer fee of €100 million earlier this summer.
Nunez failed to score in Liverpool's opening two pre-season fixtures, which resulted in some football supporters questioning whether the 23-year-old was worth the aforementioned price tag.
However, Nunez scored four goals against RB Leipzig in Germany last week.
Fowler believes that the criticism the forward received prior to the friendly against the Bundesliga side was unfair.
As quoted by Anfield Watch's Twitter account, he told the Mirror the following: “It was ludicrous to think that Darwin Nunez was being doubted after playing just a few minutes against Manchester United and Crystal Palace on the tour to Asia.
“He got a taste of what any big-money signing faces in football these days if they’re not scoring in every game – but it’s ridiculous.
“Nunez has come to Liverpool off the back of a fantastic campaign at Benfica, and Jurgen Klopp has bought him for the next few years, not for one pre-season.
“I’d seen that Klopp was perfectly happy with the way the lad has slotted in to the club and his performances in training. And if Klopp’s pleased that’s all that matters.”
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Anfield Watch Verdict
We completely agree with Fowler's take. You can't judge a new signing off a couple of pre-season games.
But, it was brilliant to see Nunez score four goals against RB Leipzig last week. A little bit of pressure has been taken off the striker as a result.
Hopefully Nunez can hit the ground running when the competitive football kicks off in early August.
If Liverpool are to win the Premier League title this season, Nunez will have to perform.