Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes Darwin Nunez has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League as the Uruguayan striker continues to find his feet since his big-money move to Anfield last summer.
In an interview with This Is Anfield, the Liverpool great heaped praise on the former Benfica striker and tipped Nunez to score 'three of four goals in one game' when he finds his shooting boots.
Ian Rush on Liverpool's new signings:
"All he [Nunez] is missing a goal. He is getting chances, he is not quite taking them but I have no doubts. He needs time to settle in. I know what it’s like when you go to a different country." #lfc [independent] pic.twitter.com/j5wWv51RHE
“He’s got it all. He’s coming from a different country, he’s playing in the hardest league in the world, he’s playing against the best defenders in the world, so it is going to be different to when he was at Benfica.
“He’s getting in the positions and you can see him easily scoring three or four goals in one game. What I say to everyone is ‘never be scared to miss’.
“When I was playing, I think it took eight or nine games before I scored my first goal for Liverpool. I went in to see Bob Paisley and he told me to be more greedy, so when I got my first goal I was virtually playing for myself.
“When you get that first goal your confidence comes back and you start, slowly but surely, playing more for the team. But the most important thing is never be scared to miss because it means you’re doing something right.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Ian Rush knows a thing or two about finding the back of the net, so for him to make such a claim about Darwin Nunez is conclusive proof that the Uruguayan striker is a top talent. In many ways, he's still a rough diamond that needs a lot of polishing, but Nunez has already shown glimpses of his outrageous potential at Anfield and has scored ten goals in 26 appearances across all competitions this season, which is a decent return for someone adapting to a new league.
Nunez is still very much a work in progress, but he's undoubtedly going to be a massive player for Liverpool in the coming years.