Jurgen Klopp hails ‘special’ Darwin Nunez as he defends Liverpool striker

The Liverpool football club emblem, You'll Never Walk Alone, at Anfield football stadium, Merseyside, NW England, UK - Image ID: E4CHEN

Liverpool faced off with Newcastle on Monday evening, aware that a win would see them go three points above Aston Villa and five above Manchester City.

When all was said and done, Liverpool ran out 4-2 winners. The Reds now turn their attention to the FA Cup where they face Arsenal in the 3rd round on Sunday. Back Liverpool to win at 5/2 with bet365.

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Jurgen Klopp praises Darwin Nunez

After beating Newcastle earlier this week, Jurgen Klopp praised Darwin Nunez and dismissed concerns about the striker’s struggles in front of goal.

Liverpool registered an xG figure of 7.53 vs the Magpies - the most ever recorded in a Premier League match. Nunez played his part, having eight shots in the match and forcing Martin Dubravka into five saves, but he was once again wasteful when presented with clear-cut opportunities.

The Uruguayan did play a key role in Liverpool’s opening goal, though, squaring the ball to leave Salah a tap-in, and Klopp was full of praise for Nunez’s contribution:

“What’s extremely special is Darwin had a couple of chances, and in this moment I would say 99.9% of players would have tried to finish the situation off themselves,” Klopp said.

“But he passed, he squared the ball. That’s really special, I have to say. Wow.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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