Darren Bent has claimed that Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt text him ’10 seconds’ after Darwin Nunez scored for Liverpool on Saturday.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Bent shared the text from Nunez’s teammate at Benfica.
“When he (Nunez) scored, the first person who messaged me, I’d say 10 seconds later, was Adel Taarabt who obviously was his former teammate. He said “I told you bro, he will score goals,”” said the pundit.
Bent, who has also hailed Nunez’s pace, was so impressed with what he saw from Liverpool’s new signing.
“His movement and how sharp he is – wow! The first time when he opened up and I think he went to dink Ederson and it was a good save, that’s when I thought “oh my goodness,”” said the former England striker.
Nunez playing his way into the team
Having hit 105 goals in the competition, Bent knows a thing or two about scoring in the Premier League.
He never quite managed to crack the very top of the game. But Bent was still a pretty elite goalscorer. For a marksmen like that to get so excited over Nunez is a very good sign indeed.
Indeed he saw what we all saw on Saturday afternoon at the King Power Stadium. Nunez looked absolutely determined to make his mark after coming of the bench. And make his mark he did.
The 23-year-old’s exuberant celebrations have seen him come in for some criticism, but that looks like the kind of player he is. All or nothing, heart on the sleeve.
When you pair that kind of relentless attitude with a burning desire to score as many goals as possible, then you’re onto a winner
The text from Nunez’s teammate at Benfica, Taarabt, shows the confidence his former colleagues have in his ability. You get the impression that before long, Liverpool players will be talking about him with exactly the same conviction, too.
For now, it would be a surprise not to see Darwin start at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp may still opt to ease his new man in slowly, but after his impact at the weekend, he deserves to be in the eleven.