Mohamed Salah may be known for consistently scoring goals for Liverpool, but fellow forward Darwin Nunez brings unpredictability to the team’s attacking line-up.
Salah set a record of scoring in eight consecutive home games for Liverpool as the team secured a 1-0 win over Fulham. With 12 goals in his last 16 games, he is in excellent form. He was playing alongside Nunez and Luis Diaz, which was the expected first-choice forward line-up at the start of the season until Diaz suffered a serious knee injury.
Nunez was making his return to the starting line-up after being benched for six games. He made an impact in the game by regaining possession from Issa Diop inside the penalty area, resulting in a penalty which Salah converted.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, believes that Nunez’s time on the bench helped him regain his form. In the Fulham game, Nunez played through the middle, a different position from his usual spot on the left wing during his debut season.
Klopp likens Nunez to a racehorse!
“Darwin was like a racehorse, really motivated, really on fire,” said Klopp, who was particularly pleased with how the 23-year-old adapted to the vital counter-pressing role through the middle which has been performed so well by fellow new signing Cody Gakpo recently.
“Absolutely. I think for us it’s super-important. You could see in the beginning defending the centre against Fulham is really important because Palhinha is there. And that is their connector.
“We were a bit too early out there from Darwin, we tried to fix that. But he was like a racehorse – go, go, go, go for everybody.
“We opened up and that’s where we struggle slightly. And We could sort that and apart from that he played a really good game. He was always a proper option for us, and we needed that.”
Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker played a vital role in securing a narrow victory over Tottenham Hotspur. He made some crucial saves to keep his first clean sheet in six matches.
The Brazilian goalkeeper has been a key figure for Liverpool in what has been an inconsistent season for the team. He made his 100th save of the campaign during the match against Tottenham. This is the first time that he has reached triple figures for saves in a single season since he joined Liverpool.
“He is for sure the most consistent player we have this season,” added Klopp.
“That’s actually not bad news. It’s good news, because if we are not in great shape and the level of the goalie drops as well, then we would have been completely lost. So, that’s fine.”