Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Nunez just needs time to learn role

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has praised striker Darwin Nunez for adapting to the team.

The Uruguayan had a tough start to life in the Premier League this season.

However, he has now scored seven goals in his past 10 games in all competitions.

As the Reds look to march up the table after the World Cup, Van Dijk lavished praise on Nunez.

“He has all the qualities for a modern-day striker,” said the defender to the Liverpool Echo.

“There is a reason why we bought him and he’s maturing, he’s stayed patient, kept his head down and played and that’s a credit to him and hopefully he can keep scoring and stay important for the group.

“We never doubted his quality but obviously when you have a price tag like that and the goals are not flowing like you want it, it’s good (that he’s shown character) and I think he’s done very well.

“He learns how we want to play, he learns what we expect from him, obviously he plays a little bit on the left but also has a free role coming into the middle. It takes time, you know. It is a new team, new environment, new country, new language so it is absolutely normal for him to take a little bit more time (to settle in) but there is no doubt the qualities are there and the goals will follow.”