A pundit predicts that Liverpool forward, Darwin Nunez, will rise to prominence as the team adjusts to games without Mohamed Salah.
With Mohamed Salah unavailable due to his commitment to the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt, Liverpool face a period without their influential forward.
This situation opens doors for other offensive players on the team, including Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo, and Diogo Jota, to step forward and shoulder the responsibility, both in scoring goals and creating opportunities.
Darwin Nunez, particularly, is poised to continue his role in the team. He recently broke his goal drought during the match against Burnley on Boxing Day.
Nunez had an impressive start to the season, contributing to 11 goals in his initial 14 matches across various competitions. Many believe he could become the leading figure in Liverpool attacking lineup.
Chris Sutton, on his Fantasy 606 podcast, expressed his views on Nunez’s potential and believes the striker will soon dispel any existing skepticism.
“That’s the pick I think, Darwin Nunez, he’s due a barrel load isn’t he? In one of these games he will score five.”
Liverpool are gearing up to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup this upcoming weekend. This will be followed by their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg clash against Fulham on Wednesday.
After these fixtures, the team, currently leading the league, will shift their focus back to the Premier League, with an away match against Bournemouth on the horizon. Subsequently, they will face Fulham again in the second leg and then host Chelsea at home to close out their January fixtures.
While Nunez has frequently come under scrutiny from sports analysts for his inefficiencies in scoring, Liverpool’s manager, Klopp, recently shed light on the player’s progress.
Speaking in a recent interview with Amazon Prime Video, Klopp emphasised that the 24-year-old is steadily evolving and is on track to becoming an accomplished centre-forward.
“He has all these moments and his understanding, involvement in the third goal [against Fulham] is so important, he stays in the games, he’s super positive in and around the game.” Klopp said.
“He was a little bit aggressive in the wrong way at the beginning, now he is aggressive in the right way. I am really happy with what I see in the moment and the rest will come, we are completely calm.”
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