LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 31, 2024: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez applauds the supporters as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp rejects Darwin Nunez transfer speculation – “Nobody likes it”

Jurgen Klopp has dismissed speculation over Darwin Nunez‘s future at Liverpool, insisting his current struggle is simply “part of a footballer’s career.”

Nunez has attracted plenty of headlines in the wake of last weekend’s 4-2 victory over Tottenham, having erased every photo of him in a Liverpool shirt from his Instagram page.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a switch to Barcelona by dubious sources, which was only magnified as he joined their centre-back, compatriot Ronald Araujo, for a trip to Disneyland during time off this week.

But from Klopp’s perspective there is no issue with his No. 9, though in his pre-Aston Villa press conference he did admit he was “not involved anymore” in future plans.

“There’s no speculation. That must be an external speculation, because I don’t know about it,” he said.

“But maybe! I’m not involved anymore. There’s no speculation, just the situation we’re in.

“Darwin was definitely not happy missing that chance [against Spurs]. He was unlucky in so many situations, where he’s doing everything right, then the ball still doesn’t go in.

“It’s really tough for a young man. He knows about the expectations, he has big expectations for himself.

“He has to go through it. It’s part of a footballer’s career. That’s all.

“His problem is that he is that good that he is constantly in these moments. If he is a little bit less good, he couldn’t have chances then people would say he’s not great.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 5, 2024: Liverpool's substitute Darwin Núñez (L) replaces Luis Díaz during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-2. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

“How may goals did he score? Eighteen [overall] and 11 [in the league], not bad numbers.

“It’s just because of his quality, constantly in these situations, then people say ‘eh?’.

“And because of our situation as a team, if somebody else would score in that moment, people wouldn’t have felt that bad.

“Nobody likes it, but it’s part of a career. That’s it.”