Jamie Carragher said Darwin Nunez’s finish for Liverpool against Newcastle showed what a unique player he is.
Darwin put Liverpool in-front in just the 6th minute at St James’ Park, rifling home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass. It was a brilliant finish from the Uruguayan and set the Reds up perfectly for the rest of the half.
Commentating on the game for Sky Sports, Carragher said no other Premier League striker would have taken the finish on.
“That’s how he finishes, he puts his foot through everything,” said the Liverpool legend. “You just see he has that little look up, there’s never any thought of sliding it past the goalkeeper. I feel that every other striker in the Premier League would have slid it past the goalkeeper, but he doesn’t do that.”
Carragher also commented that the strike showed the confidence that Nunez plays with, despite his many missed chances.
“The thing I love about him, he’s missed a lot of big chances, but you never feel like he lacks confidence. He has huge belief in himself,” gushed the pundit.
Darwin gets Liverpool up and running
There’s no one quite like Darwin, that’s absolutely clear by now. Liverpool’s £64m man is a unique player, and a pretty unique person, too.
It’s great to see him finally getting his just desserts with a goal this evening.
Remarkably, the strike was Nunez’s first in the Premier League since November 12th. Of course, a World Cup has been and gone in-between, but still, it’s been a while.
In the intervening games, Darwin has come in for plenty of criticism. But as Carragher says, he doesn’t let it affect him.
His finish today was one of a player operating at the top of his game. From the way Nunez took the ball down and lashed it past Nick Pope, you’d think he’d been banging in goals for fun of late.
At some point of his Liverpool career, that will surely be the case. With a goal tonight and an important assist against Everton on Monday, he’s starting to build up a head of steam. There’s no once quite like Nunez, and we wouldn’t have him any other way.
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