Trent Alexander-Arnold has claimed that Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez is enjoying his football right now.
Nunez added two more goals to his Reds account today – helping Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Southampton. And speaking via BBC Sport after the game, Alexander-Arnold praised his younger teammate.
“Coming over to the Premier League, with the price tag on his back, was going to be a heavy weight. It took him a few games to get going but we all saw in training the player he is,” he explained.
“He’s a proper centre-forward with speed but was playing on the wing today, he’s versatile. We saw what he could do and he’s hit a stride now. He’s enjoying his football.”
That he certainly is. After a bit of a frustrating start to life at Anfield, Nunez now has seven goals in his last 10 games.
Darwin firmly a fan favourite at Liverpool
It really is a joy to see Nunez turning things around at Liverpool. In recent memory, it’s hard to think of a player who has been scrutinised so much so early on in his Premier League career.
At times, the Uruguayan hasn’t helped himself. The sending off on his Anfield debut against Crystal Palace will live long in the memory, for all the wrong reasons.
But since then, Darwin has got his head down. His never-say-die attitude and the somewhat erratic nature of his playing style have made him a big hit with the fans.
Now that he’s adding plenty of goals to that, his status as a fan favourite is only going to grow.
Given how good he has been of late, it’s a shame that the World Cup is falling when it is. For some Liverpool players, the break comes at the perfect time.
The likes of Virgil Van Dijk could do with a big reset over the international break. But for Darwin and others, like the improved Fabinho, they are playing their way into some good form.
It’s a slight frustration that we now won’t see them in a Liverpool shirt for more than a month.
But there’s always a silver lining. Thoughts can now turn to a World Cup that has felt like an age to arrive. Hopefully Darwin can take his good form onto the world stage and show everyone on the planet just how good he is.