Your Liverpool morning digest as Darwin Nunez surprises Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard celebrates Liverpool’s triumph over Manchester United
Here’s your Liverpool morning digest for March 7th.
Jurgen Klopp has accidentally substituted Sadio Mane with 18-goal Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.
When Liverpool spent £64 million to sign Darwin Nunez from Benfica last summer, it was seen as a step forward for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp seems to have opted for a typical number nine as he revamped his side’s attack after selling Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich and with Roberto Firmino no longer a sure starter.
With a rocky start to the season, the Uruguayan would start his Liverpool career in the middle and show glimpses of his brilliance. While some observers were amused by some of the 23-year-wayward old’s finishing, there was no indication that a positional change was on the cards at the moment.
Long-term injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota in rapid succession in October, though, necessitated a rethink at Anfield. Klopp would experiment with various formations as the Reds attempted to power through without a natural left-sided forward.
Yet humiliating defeats to struggling Nottingham Forest and Leeds United prompted another move, with Nunez, who had briefly played on the left for Benfica, being used in that position. At the time, such a decision was made out of desperation and necessity, with Curtis Jones and Fabio Carvalho unable to perform on the flanks and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino the only other senior attackers available.
What Steven Gerrard accomplished during Liverpool’s rout of Manchester United at Anfield
Steven Gerrard was seen relishing in the glory of Liverpool’s dominant performance against Manchester United.
Braces from Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah put the Reds on course to create an unfavorable Premier League record against the Red Devils, which Roberto Firmino added late on.
With a game in hand, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool moved closer to the top four in their pursuit of Champions League football next season, as their 7-0 triumph placed them within three points of Tottenham Hotspur, leapfrogging Newcastle United.
The spectacular triumph capped a dream weekend for the Reds, who saw their European rivals lose to Wolves and Manchester City, respectively.