Darwin Nunez was impressive for Liverpool against Fulham last night, despite failing to get on the score sheet.
That’s according to former Reds forward Luis Garcia. Speaking to ESPN FC after the game, the Spaniard claimed that Nunez had a good game.
“Nunez also had a very good game in my opinion, even though he didn’t score,” Garcia claimed. “Good things are arriving again [for Liverpool] to the last games of the season with chances still to qualify [for the Champions League].”
Nunez still looking for consistency
Although Nunez wasn’t especially poor last night, to say he had a ‘very good game’ is a bit of a stretch. Expectations for the Uruguayan do need to be tempered, but they shouldn’t be completely lowered.
By this stage, we think it’s fair for Liverpool supporters to expect slightly more from their £64m signing. Yes, he created the game’s crucial moment – nipping in-front of Issa Diop to win the crucial penalty. But otherwise, he simply didn’t look like a threat.
Too many times he appeared to get in his teammate’s way, and gave up the ball too easily on a number of occassions.
The 23-year-old should be cut some slack for the fact that it was his first start in a month, but it would still be nice to see a little more goal threat.
Nevertheless, it would be good to see Jurgen Klopp stick with Nunez for Saturday’s game with Brentford. With Luis Diaz probably due a rest and Diogo Jota still suffering from a bruised rib, a spot could have opened up for him.
Should he get the nod alongside Cody Gakpo and Moahmed Salah at the weekend, he’ll hope to do a bit more than he managed last night. There were some positive moments, but we’ll have to disagree with Garcia on this one. Hopefully better displays to come.