Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Nunez scores 4 as Liverpool hammer Leipzig 5-0

Liverpool’s club-record £85 million signing Darwin Nunez opened his account for his new side by scoring four second-half goals to help the Reds thrash RB Leipzig 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Red Bull Arena.
Nunez, who moved to Anfield from Benfica earlier this summer, started the game on the bench with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp opting to field a strong-looking starting line-up as he continued preparations ahead of the new campaign, according to Skysport report.
However, after Mohamed Salah had given his team a half-time lead with a well-taken early finish, it became the Nunez show after the interval, with the Uruguay striker netting a 20-minute hat-trick, before rounding off a memorable game with a last-minute goal as the visitors cruised to a comfortable victory.
With the new Premier League season now just over a fortnight away and a showdown with champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on the horizon, Klopp started with what could be considered his first-choice XI in Germany and it paid dividends as his players produced a polished display.
With fitness levels improving with each outing, this looked more like the Liverpool team we saw in their record-breaking campaign last season than the side that were humbled 4-0 by rivals Manchester United in Bangkok ten days ago.
On it from the off, the visitors led after just eight minutes as Leipzig made a mess of clearing the ball, allowing Roberto Firmino’s clever flick to slip Salah in on goal, with the forward making no mistake with a cool side-footed finish into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
Both sides had chances to add to the first-half scoring, with Adrian – covering for the injured Alisson – making a smart reaction stop to deny Christoper Nkunku on the stroke of half-time, before the introduction of Nunez as the central striker for Firmino at the break.

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