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Jurgen Klopp has shot Darwin Nunez down for Barcelona ‘speculation’ – a week after the failed striker deleted all Liverpool-related posts from his Instagram – sparking fears over his future


Jurgen Klopp has shot down any rumors surrounding Darwin Nunez’s future amid links with Barcelona after a bruising week for the Uruguayan, deleting all Liverpool-related posts from his Instagram account.

Nunez suffered a barrage of abuse after a disappointing run of bottom-tier form last Sunday, putting in a below-par cameo in the win over Tottenham. The episode sparked speculation on social media that he was not happy on Merseyside.

Mail Sport reported earlier this week that Liverpool’s stance on Nunez was believed to be unwavering: he is central to their plans. The club appreciates the great job that incoming boss Arne Slot has done in regaining the confidence of the forwards and believes that Nunez will benefit from a new voice.

The Spanish press have linked Nunez with a move to Barcelona – but when asked about the speculation, Klopp said: “What is it? There is no speculation. It must be external because I don’t know about it.

«There’s no speculation now, it’s just the situation we’re in. Darwin certainly wasn’t happy to miss this chance.» He’s been unlucky, I’d say he’s been unlucky in so many situations where he does everything right but the ball still doesn’t fly.

Jurgen Klopp (right) has played down speculation that Darwin Nunez could leave Liverpool

He fueled speculation about his future after deleting all Liverpool-related posts on Instagram

He fueled speculation about his future after deleting all Liverpool-related posts on Instagram

All that remains are family photos and pictures of him playing for his national side, Uruguay

All that remains are family photos and pictures of him playing for his national side, Uruguay

“That’s really hard for a young man. He has high expectations of himself. No choice but to go through with it, that’s what he’s doing right now. We try to help him with everything we can, but you have to go through it, everyone has to go through it.

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«That’s part of a footballer’s career. His whole problem is that he is so good that he is constantly in these moments. If he was less good, he wouldn’t stand a chance. People just say, «That’s not great.» Because he is good, he is in these moments.

«How many goals he scored, it’s not so bad with the right numbers. Eighteen goals. Not bad numbers! Because of its quality, everyone says «Oh, again, again!». Nobody likes it, but it’s part of the career.”

Meanwhile, Klopp still faces the possibility of missing his final game as Liverpool boss – if he is booked against Aston Villa on Monday. He’s already been booked twice this season, so another would see him forced to serve a touchline suspension.

This week, the Spanish press linked Nunez with a move to Xavi's Barcelona side

This week, the Spanish press linked Nunez with a move to Xavi’s Barcelona side

Nunez has struggled for form of late, failing to score in his last six league games for the Reds

Nunez has struggled for form of late, failing to score in his last six league games for the Reds

But he said: ‘I’ve known that for a long time (the time) when I got the second yellow? By the way, we could turn it around and say that I only got two yellow cards, some of my colleagues were suspended, right? Huh! Obviously, I’ve calmed down over the years.

“I don’t need (to be on the line for the last game) but it would be great if I could do it. It won’t be from my side, I will try absolutely everything not to get involved in any discussions.»



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