Darren Bent couldn’t get over the speed of Darwin Nunez after he came off the bench in Saturday’s Community Shield victory.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Bent said he was impressed with how fast the Liverpool player was, as well as his all-round display.
“When he brought on Nunez, oh my goodness, that player, what a guy! People criticised him in pre-season, someone put a montage of his misses in pre-season, but he scored four goals in one half and he showed what he’s all about against Manchester City,” said the former England striker.
“The first through ball, I think it was Diaz he ran away from, I remember thinking phwoar, I didn’t think he was that quick! Ran away from Diaz, probably should score. The goal that he does score, typical poacher in and around the six yard box, directing the header, really, really good impact and I think he’ll score goals in the Premier League, I really do.”
Nunez shows off his speed
It’s clear just from the short time he’s been at Liverpool that Nunez has many different facets to his game.
He’s something of an all-rounder in the striking department. His pace is certainly one of his best attributes as he looks to run into the channels and off the shoulder of the last man.
In a team like Liverpool, who like to break quickly and with numbers, speed is something you simply have to have.
But Nunez isn’t just a speed-merchant, far from it. The 23-year-old doesn’t look to be a player who is heavily reliant on his pace. More, he looks to use his agility to burst away from defenders in short spaces.
The Uruguayan is an accomplished finisher both in the air and on the ground, too. He’s capable of finishing early and accurately when put through on goal.
A sign of things to come?
It was fitting that Darwin’s first competitive goal for Liverpool came from a header. He may have stooped to get this one, but expect to see Nunez powering headers in on a regular basis. With the quality of balls Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson deliver consistently, he should have a field day.
Nunez couldn’t have gotten off to a better start on Saturday. It was wise of Jurgen Klopp to hold him back on the bench from the start. As well as protecting his new player from the glare of the spotlight, it meant that Liverpool’s number 27 was even hungrier by the time he entered the field.
After watching him wreak havoc in the City defence for half-an-hour, it’s hard not to start getting carried away by the potential of what he can achieve at Liverpool.
There’s a long road ahead of Darwin, but my word, what a start.