Robbie Mustoe has suggested that there is one Liverpool player he is desperate to see do well after their victory over Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.
Liverpool got back to winning ways on a testing day for Jurgen Klopp’s side. On another day, Burnley could have made life a lot more difficult for the Premier League leaders. But the Reds made sure to punish their opponents.
Darwin Nunez was one of those who got on the scoresheet. The Uruguayan scored his eighth league goal of the campaign with a brilliant second-half header. However, once again, that did not tell the full story of the 24-year-old’s afternoon.
Pundit desperate to see Darwin Nunez prove himself at Liverpool
Nunez did miss some decent chances before he did score. So it is no surprise that he is yet to silence all of his critics.Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
But speaking on The 2 Robbies podcast, Robbie Mustoe suggested that the forward has everything in his locker to come good on Merseyside.
“Darwin Nunez is a player that, I don’t know why, I really like him,” he said. “And I really want him to do well, because I love his attitude, I love his pace, I love his pressing, I love the fact that he’s a great teammate who works really hard for the team. Always makes runs in behind, is a nuisance.
“His finishing often lets him down, let’s be honest about it, but that’s a great header. It’s going to be good for his confidence.”
Striker still scoring goals despite not being as prolific as he should be
Liverpool can afford to give Nunez time while he continues to develop. Mohamed Salah has had a sensational season. And Diogo Jota has been immense while Salah has been away on international duty. In fact, Luis Diaz made sure that all of the front three found the back of the net on Saturday.
Nunez averages more shots per 90 minutes than any other player in the Premier League this season, according to FBRef. So by that measure, you can say that he is wasteful.
However, there is only one Manchester City player and one Arsenal player who have more league goals than Nunez this season. So while he does need to improve that side of his game, it is not as though he is a liability for the Reds.
Instead, he is looking to move from being a great striker to being a world-class one. And he definitely has the potential.