Darwin Nunez: Why Liverpool’s agent of chaos is on track at Anfield | Soccer News

“How would I know how to defend against him?”, the conversation took place among a group of former Premier League players following Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester City. “I don’t think Darwin Nunez knows what he’s going to do next, let alone anyone else.”

While the words, coated in a ‘it’s funny because it’s true’ tinge, spoke of the Uruguayan’s indecisiveness in possession, they also signaled his largely effective unpredictability.

Nunez may not have fully worked himself yet – a byproduct of trying too hard and over-complicating simple tasks – but opponents haven’t been able to size him up either. stop either. Joao Cancelo and Manuel Akanji would be the most recent exhibits.

The biggest hurdle the striker has faced is himself – a lack of bail and being ‘a bit of a rush’ in Jurgen Klopp’s assessment.

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The standout vignette of him at Anfield on Sunday, which went viral worldwide on TikTok and Twitter, was of Nunez slaying a three-on-one situation. He fired a shot at the defender instead of providing an unmarked Mohamed Salah, with Diogo Jota also backing up and waiting to be played.

It is a sin of attack to reject such an opportunity; so as not to at least move the marker to create more space for a pass. Nunez also erred by not going back to Fabio Carvalho in another move, picking and missing the hardest option to execute of finding Trent Alexander-Arnold.

But focusing solely on game stanzas that still blow your brains away underestimates Nunez’s contribution to the game, and in general.

Darwin Nunez

His eight touches against City produced three shots and a clean chance. Nunez’s recovery of possession and ball-carrying ability was Liverpool’s most potent weapon in the closing stages of the showdown against the best team in the world, although his decision-making faltered.

The Agent of Chaos disrupted the division’s outstanding defense. Movement, candor and Nunez’s habit of getting into golden goalscoring positions are crucial tools.

He leads the league in shots, touches in the opposition box and expected goals. The 23-year-old’s underlying data doesn’t just keep company and edge out Erling Haaland and Gabriel Jesus, but indicates that if he can add some composure he will generate a contribution as big as his initial price tag of £64million for Liverpool. .

Darwin Nunez hails his first Premier League goal
Nunez hails his first Premier League goal

With Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota facing long spells on the sidelines, this touch of calm must be timely. In truth, his recovery can only be aligned with Liverpool navigating their identity and returning to the top of the table.

Nunez’s 516 minutes in all competitions were marked by four goals and an assist, which came in a team trying to reinvent themselves and which struggled for consistency of approach, structure and system.

Klopp’s comment that ‘Nunez would have scored a few more goals had he played in the center of Man City’s attack this season’ was an understanding that the current iteration of Liverpool has not been the team more stable to acclimate to.

Darwin Nunez pictured before kick-off at Craven Cottage
Nunez was signed from Benfica for an initial fee of £64m from Benfica

The former Benfica man’s language struggles, coupled with a red card on his Anfield debut, have slightly undermined his confidence, which explains the shaken credibility in what Klopp calls ‘the decisive 10 per cent’. Nunez acknowledged this fact himself, circling that he needs to “calm my nerves during games”.

At the Liverpool training ground, the message was clear to him: drown out the noise of what people say you haven’t done or can’t do and keep doing what you’re used to.

Nunez was shown how his data compares to the rest of the league’s chief finishers, and in a lengthy chat with Klopp and Pep Lijnders he was told the club had no concerns about his form, fit and his growth into a key figure in the XI.

Liverpool believe their return to self-confidence and the end product is imminent. Nunez’s numbers suggest he’s definitely on track to be at the box office – and not just the lead character on failed compilations.

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