Diogo Jota backs new Liverpool teammate despite rocky season start

He still has the faith of his team mates

Diogo Jota has backed his new teammate Darwin Nunez to come good despite a rocky start to his Anfield career thus far in an interview with Portuguese press, claiming that he is ‘back’ to his Benfica best.

Nunez, who arrived on Merseyside in the Summer, got his Reds career off to a perfect start when he netted in the Community Shield to help his side defeat Manchester City, and he also grabbed a goal and an assist on the opening day to help his side salvage a point against Fulham.

However, a red card for a headbutt against Crystal Palace stalled his progress in Jurgen Klopp’s side, and though he found the net against Arsenal, his arrival has coincided with a major dip in form for the Reds, who currently find themselves in 10th.

However, speaking to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Jota has backed Nunez to begin to repay his hefty transfer fee in the coming weeks.

“In life we have to overcome things”, he explained. “As everyone saw, he started very well and people thought he had no problems adapting, but maybe it took a few more games to show the level he had shown last season at Benfica. Now he’s back, he’s scored, and he’s feeling better, and the team is understanding his game better. This is good for everyone and tomorrow [today] will give more evidence”

The Portuguese forward, himself only just back from injury, also opened up on where he would like to be playing for Liverpool, adding:

“I am prepared to play in any position that the coach thinks I am important. The centre-forward, the winger, the number 10. I’ll give 100% to anyone, that’s who I am. In recent games I have played more behind Darwin, we won one and lost another [Rangers and Arsenal] and tomorrow we will have another chance”

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