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Who is Nunez's best Liverpool team-mate?

By Charles Cornwall

Who is Nunez's best Liverpool team-mate?

Darwin Nunez is looking forward to the chance to build on his encouraging start at Liverpool as he prepares to begin his Premier League career.

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The striker’s first competitive game for the Reds, last weekend against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield, ended with him on the scoresheet and lifting silverware following a 3-1 victory. They are acts the summer arrival from Benfica wants to repeat consistently throughout 2022-23, with Jürgen Klopp’s men kicking off their domestic league campaign away at newly promoted Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.

“It’s always a lovely feeling to win things, isn’t it?” Nunez told Liverpoolfc.com at the AXA Training Centre. “And the one we lifted the other day was the first one that I’ve won. “So now I’m going to keep working hard every day in training because this is just the beginning. “It’s a long road ahead, which is also full of ups and downs, and that’s why I need to prepare well, because I want to keep on lifting trophies and winning lots of titles.” The No.27 reflects on the early stages of his Liverpool career and previews the trip to Craven Cottage.

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I was a bit nervous at first, since it was all new to start with. It’s a bit like when you leave one school to go to a new one, with all new classmates – it was more or less the same as that. But then as the days went by, I felt really relaxed with my teammates. They really gave a lovely warm welcome. Because when you’re the new guy you do feel a bit nervous, and even more so when you don’t know the language. You want to communicate and you just cannot. You want to try to understand but you don’t understand anything at all when they’re talking. But then Milner speaks Spanish, Thiago and the Brazilian lads, as well as Luis Diaz, who only arrived a short while ago too. So, I’m now feeling very well and much more relaxed and at ease here, and definitely not as nervous as I was in the first few days.

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"Firmino, Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Fabio, who only arrived recently too. Then the rest of my teammates too, they all made me feel right at home, all of them. I don’t speak or really understand English but being honest, we are making each other understand using sign language! It was the South Americans who helped me the most at that time when it came to integrating with the rest of the group. But it’s going well. Even now they’re the guys who I tend to get together with the most because then I can maintain a fluent conversation, because I can hardly speak a word of English to you right now."

"But as time goes by, I’ll be trying to learn English and then I’ll be able to converse more with the English-speaking players. I really do want to learn English because English is very important in everything. So when I’ve picked up more of the language, I’ll then be able to speak to everyone in English."

"Thiago helped me enormously when I arrived. He’s always passing on the instructions of the manager when we’re doing a drill in training and about to work on something and I don’t get the explanation at all. I go and stand by Thiago or the Brazilian lads and I ask them what we have to do and then they explain it to me.  So yes, this pre-season has been really useful for helping me to get to know my teammates. As the days have gone by, I get to feel more and more comfortable and at ease. Right now I’m very calm and relaxed and feeling much more confident."


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