Former Liverpool star offers Darwin Nunez ruthless advice amid exit rumours

Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has told Darwin Nunez to leave Anfield if he can't adapt to his strengths and the players around him. 

Nunez has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for his uninspiring performances, with the Uruguayan having faced criticism for his profligacy and wastefulness throughout this term.

The 24-year-old has been dropped in favour of the in-form Cody Gakpo in the last few matches, leading to speculation over his future amid interest from Barcelona.

The former Benfica star also removed all of his Liverpool-related posts on Instagram last Sunday, further intensifying rumours linking him with an Anfield exit.

Former Red Collymore admits he sympathises with the pressure Nunez is facing at Liverpool, but has suggested he would be 'better off' moving this summer if he can't adapt to his role in the team.


Speaking with CaughtOffside, Collymore stated: "I’ve been a high profile signing at Liverpool… for a club and national record transfer fee no less.

"The pressure is relentless, the media constant, every game micro-analysed, and fans used to winning a lot always on your back when the going isn’t so good.

"So, I understand what Darwin Nunez is going through. The only question I’d ask him face to face, and one I answered in my own mind was, 'Do you feel you are good enough to score enough goals and create enough chances for your teammates?'

"If he’s honest, he’ll know whether to stick or twist with the Reds and a new manager, as well as those doubting his ability.

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"Is he a Fowler, Rush, Torres, Mo or Suarez? No, of course not, but only he can answer whether he can do it or not."

Collymore added: "I had to completely change my game to adapt to Robbie Fowler who I knew who would outscore me, so I created a lot for him while scoring at a good rate too.

"If Nunez can do that then he has a chance to be a resounding success for several years at Liverpool, but if he doesn’t, then for him and the club he’s better off moving because there’s nowhere to hide at Liverpool and the intensity of the analysis isn’t going anywhere."

Nunez should be offered a fresh start under Arne Slot - who is almost certain to be Liverpool's next coach - and the Dutch manager could get the best out of the misfiring forward.

However, Liverpool and Nunez need to make a decision on the his future soon, with the striker still some way off the elite level.

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