Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has compared striker Darwin Nunez's struggles this season to the early days of Robert Lewandowski.
There's no doubting his work rate and determination to get himself involved in games, but his finishing has left a lot to be desired. This was shows in Liverpool's win over Aston Villa, where Darwin Nunez had several chances but failed to convert any.
Since his move from Benfica in the summer, Nunez has scored nine goals in all competitions. While it's not a bad return, the amount of chances he has missed hasn't helped his cause to win over fans.
Klopp Compares Darwin Nunez To Lewandowski
Ahead of Liverpool's game against Leicester City, Klopp was asked about Darwin Nunez struggles in front of goal. In a response not many would have expected, he compared his difficulties to that of a young Lewandowski.
The Polish striker was key To Klopp's success at Borussia Dortmund, where he won two league titles and reached the 2013 Champions League final.
While he has become one of the greatest strikers in the world in the last decade, the Liverpool boss has seen him at his lowest point, and compared it to the situation Darwin Nunez is currently facing.
There are a lot of similarities to be honest. Yes, I think Lewy would tell the same story. We had shooting sessions where he didn’t finish off one. We had bets all the time for 10 euros, if you score more than 10 times I will pay you 10, if you don’t you have to pay me.
My pocket was full of money. It’s all about staying calm. When you see the potential, stay calm. It’s so difficult in a world we are living in.
I think we all agree that the potential is so obvious. Is everything right? No. I think it’s clear when you see the second chance, the big chance in the second half (against Villa) he can run a little bit on an angle and then he has a free choice, all these kind of things.
It’s just about staying calm and I am super calm. The team is calm as well, the team is completely convinced and that’s really cool."
Liverpool fans will be hoping that Darwin Nunez can have the same affect Lewandowski had in Klopp's side a decade ago, as they aim to recover to a difficult start to the season.