Liverpool V West Ham In Pictures
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Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez could follow his compatriot Luis Suarez’s journey at the club after scoring his first Anfield goal in the 1-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday. The Uruguayan latched onto Kostas Tsimikas’ cross to head past Lukasz Fabianski in the Hammers’ net for the only goal of the game.
The man who could become Liverpool’s record signing had several chances to get his second and forced the Polish goalkeeper into a stunning save when he took a half-volley early and his ferocious effort was palmed over the bar.
Nunez was brought off before the hour-mark however, with boss Jurgen Klopp citing the need to protect him due to a muscle issue that is not thought to be serious. But after answering some of his critics with a strong performance against David Moyes’ side, his career at Liverpool could be panning out similarly to Suarez.
Despite Suarez ending his days at Liverpool as their star man that nearly led Brendan Rodgers’ side to a Premier League title, Suarez did only get 15 goals in his first 44 league games as questions were also posed over the man they had signed from Ajax. Suarez did set expectations high with a goal on his debut against Stoke, similarly to how Nunez notched on his first appearance in the league away to Fulham and has since received criticism for his displays in a Reds shirt.
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After settling in the country, Suarez then went on to score 23 times in the 2012/13 season, before then scoring 31 times and recording 17 assists the following campaign as they pushed Manchester City to the title but ultimately came up just short. Nunez announced himself to the Anfield faithful on Instagram as after the win over West Ham he posted a photo captioned: “First goal in my new home. Here I am.”
Suarez sent his congratulations to Nunez on his first Anfield goal by replying to the post. “The first of many, scorer!” Suarez commented. “Keep it up and enjoy an amazing stadium and atmosphere!”
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Nunez’s team-mates were full of praise for their centre-forward and matchwinner after the game on Wednesday. “He has so much potential,” Virgil van Dijk told Amazon Prime. “He’s still young, he’s learning, he’s learning the way we play, he’s learning English which is also helpful. He’s the modern-day striker that causes a lot of defenders problems. You could see today, his runs in behind, his buildup play is getting better.”
Tsimikas also explained that “goal-machine” Nunez needs confidence after his first home goal. “It was a very good moment for me, especially because it was a cross for Darwin because I wanted to assist him,” the Greek full-back said.
“He’s always there. He can score with the left, with the right, with the head – he’s a goal machine. He needs confidence, [which] is coming. I hope for him to score more and more goals to help the team to give us more wins because for us he is a very important player.”
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