Roy Keane gave his initial opinion on Darwin Nunez after watching him for Liverpool against Manchester City. The striker had a game to remember.
Darwin Nunez came off the bench for Liverpool on Saturday to make his competitive debut. It was a debut to remember, too, as he eventually proved to be the difference between the Reds and Manchester City.
Trent Alexander-Arnold had put Liverpool in front at half-time but Julian Alvarez found an equaliser. Nunez, however, managed to win a penalty as Rúben Dias handled the Uruguyan’s header.
Mohamed Salah converted that penalty and then it was Nunez himself who wrapped things up. He got on the end of an Andy Robertson cut-back to head home from close range. The perfect way to announce yourself.
One person who was certainly impressed with what he saw was Roy Keane. The former Manchester United captain was in the studio doing punditry for ITV and applauded Nunez after the game.
“Who’s that, Mané?” asked Keane. “That’s the name of the game. Players move on, new strikers coming in, younger striker, hungrier. That’s the name of the game.
“You shouldn’t question the club’s recruitment. He gives them options already, we’ve seen his running power.”
Roy Keane gives his opinion on Darwin Nunez
Nunez’s influence will always be compared to Sadio Mané’s, of course. He’s arrived as a replacement of sorts and the Senegal star is an all-time Liverpool great.
So this was a magnificent start. As Keane says, Nunez immediately gives Liverpool options and you could see that from his first few minutes on the pitch.
He’ll run in behind, get on the end of crosses, of cut-backs, he’ll push up physically against defenders. They’re all things that Liverpool can thrive on once he’s fully integrated in the team.
Above all, the Reds are more versatile with Nunez there. Jurgen Klopp can merely introduce him into a game and things change immediately – that’s a powerful weapon that Liverpool didn’t have before.
So we’re excited. Nunez looks like a fantastic addition and we can’t wait to see what he brings going forward.