Jurgen Klopp explains leaving Darwin Nunez on the bench for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Fulham

Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez starts on the bench against Fulham (Picture: Getty Images)

Darwin Nunez starts on the bench for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday, just as he did in the Community Shield.

The Reds completed a deal to sign the striker from Benfica for a fee which could rise to £85million, which makes him the club’s record signing.

But he had to settle on a place for the bench against Man City last weekend, although he came on and scored a last-gasp goal to wrap up the 3-1 victory.

Jurgen Klopp has opted not to start the 23-year-old again, with Roberto Firmino operating up front alongside Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah.

When asked if he’s giving the new signing time to settle in, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘Yeah of course. But it’s as well we have to mix it up a little bit.

‘So what kind of options do we have to change – with Bobby, a baller, and the other two boys have the speed.

‘If you put in three times speed, it’s about the opponent and what they require.

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‘So if we change with two young boys [on the bench] and Darwin for example then it’s again a good mix.

‘That’s how we thought it would be better to start with Bobby.’

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