During Liverpool’s Premier League match against Leicester, Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher slammed Reds forward Darwin Nunez
After a rocky start at Anfield, the Liverpool summer signing has been settling in.
Nunez, on the other hand, continues to struggle in front of goal, squandering countless good chances.
This was true of Manchester City and Aston Villa.
And he blew numerous fine chances against Leicester on Friday night.
Nunez blasted over the bar in the 78th minute, prompting Carragher to criticize him on Sky Sports.
“He’s got to be converting more of these opportunities,” he added (30/12, 21:40).
“On another night he could have had a hat-trick? We shouted it against Manchester City. That was shouted against Aston Villa.
“In this team, he’ll always get a lot of chances.”
To be fair, Nunez performed admirably against Leicester.
The £140,000-a-week forward was at the centre of most of Liverpool’s positive play on the night.
He was unlucky not to score the second Wout Faes own goal, as his shot hit the inside of the post.
At the same time, you can’t begrudge Carragher for slamming Nunez since he’s missing some good chances.
Regardless, it will come. Nunez will grow more clinical in front of goal, which will be exciting to see.
‘This is going to be a fantastic signing.’
Meanwhile, BBC Sport pundit Paul Robinson believes Nunez is on the verge of becoming a regular goal threat for Liverpool.
“Nunez wasn’t able to find the target tonight, but his interplay with Mo Salah looked better than I’d seen before,” he stated on Radio 5 Live (30/12, 22:22).
“He inserted Salah a couple of times. His confidence, hold-up play, and runs in behind suggest he’ll be a top-tier signing for them.
“I honestly believe he’s one or two goals away from really getting going.”
Robinson is correct; Nunez is not performing poorly. He’s just trying to get to the back of the net.
Gabriel Jesus had been on a scoring slump for Arsenal prior to his injury.
And few supporters were criticizing because he was doing so much more.