Darwin Nunez, a Liverpool striker, knows how to get under other players’ skin
As tempers flared in the Merseyside Derby, Liverpool star Darwin Nunez was captured on camera informing Everton players of the score. Jurgen Klopp’s side overcame a dismal run of form to win comfortably 2-0 at Anfield, with the Uruguayan striker setting up Mohamed Salah’s first goal.
Liverpool entered Monday’s derby on the heels of a devastating 3-0 loss to Wolves, while their opponents were buoyed by their victory against Arsenal in Sean Dyche’s first game in command. The Reds, on the other hand, put in a confident display, coasting to a two-goal victory, with goals from Salah and Cody Gakpo clinching an easy win.
Tempers erupted near the end of the game after an incident involving Andy Robertson and Jordan Pickford, with a skirmish breaking out between players on both sides. Nunez, never one to pass up an opportunity, got himself involved in mischievously mocking Everton players.
Footage from the game showed the 23-year-old disputing with Toffees midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye, who repeatedly held up two fingers to confirm the score. His antics generated a favourable reaction from Liverpool fans, who reveled in their striker getting the better of their opponents.
Following their poor run of form, Klopp was eager to compliment his team after the game. The German stated that it was a special performance made possible by the enthusiastic support of the Anfield crowd.
“I thought the performance was the best I’d seen in a long time. When you don’t play well, you take wins, but it’s lot sweeter when you deserve it, and we did.
The atmosphere was fantastic. I’m in love with our audience; what they did today was really beneficial, and the boys returned the favor. It was a true derby against a tough opponent, but we played the game we wanted to play, not the game Everton wanted us to play. We kept the ball, rotating sides, remaining patient, and getting behind the line, and I saw a true unit tonight, with everyone fighting hard.
“And the goals we scored were two spectacular counter assaults. When was the last time we had so many possibilities for the guy launching the counterattack? I can’t. We were there tonight. That has to be an indication of what we need to do. We possessed 70% of the possession and scored two goals on counterattacks, which is quite remarkable.”