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Liverpool: Klopp admits key Nunez weak point after Ajax display

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The Uruguayan star scored again for the Reds in their brilliant Champions League win.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Darwin Nunez has to improve his “late” first touches despite his convincing performance against Ajax.

Following a difficult start at Anfield, Nunez has shown clear signs of improvement in recent weeks. The 23-year-old has taken his total goal tally for Liverpool to six goals, averaging 6.4 shots per 90 minutes of playing.

The Uruguay international scored his side’s second goal in their 3-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday. However, his few missed chances before the goal wasn’t overlooked by Klopp.

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“He [Nunez] does not bring it on the pitch in the moment all the time,” Klopp said. 

“His first touch might be here or there sometimes, but it’s nothing to do with technique. It’s just a bit too late, awareness, orientation, all these kinds of things.

“It’s all possible to develop and learn, and that’s where we are at. It’s really exciting. But where it could go? I have no idea.”

However, the German boss acknowledged Nunez’s improved form, adding: “The steps he’s made are really big, and that means automatically that he settles in more and more.”

Liverpool return to the Premier League, where they host Leeds United on Saturday. The Reds will then face Napoli in their next European clash three days later.