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Van Dijk insists Liverpool 'never doubted' Nunez

Virgil van Dijk has heaped praise on teammate Darwin Nunez and insisted that Liverpool ''never doubted'' the Uruguayan's goal scoring abilities.

Nunez netted a brace in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday. The 23-year-old was criticised after a slow start to life at Anfield, but is now up to seven goals in his last 10 appearances. Nunez's latest match-winning performance earned him applause from Van Dijk, who has hailed the Uruguayan for ignoring outside noise and proving his worth for the Reds.

The Liverpool defender told reporters after the Southampton game: "Obviously he has all the qualities for a modern-day striker. 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 and I think he's done very well."

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