'Nunez Has Arrived', Hails Klopp After Liverpool Winner

'Nunez Has Arrived', Hails Klopp After Liverpool Winner
Darwin Nunez celebrating a goal — Photo by mrogowski_photography

Darwin Nunez “has arrived” in England football according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 23-year-old Uruguayan netted the winner in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over West Ham United at Anfield which lifted the Reds up to seventh spot on the Premier League table.

Nunez’s goal was his fourth for Liverpool but his first at Anfield following his off-season move from Benfica.

The goal came amid an industrious display where he also struck the woodwork with a powerful effort.

Given Liverpool’s early season struggles, Nunez’s three-game suspension for a headbutt against Fulham wasnt timely, ensuring he didnt endear himself to the Reds’ fans but Klopp said he is winning them over now.

“It is important. He has scored now a couple of times in the last few games,” Klopp said. “He arrived 100 per cent, now even with numbers, which is fine.”

The win, coming days after Liverpool upset Manchester City 1-0, was hard fought with West Ham blowing late chances from Gianluca Scamacca and Tomas Soucek, the latter blocked by James Milner’s desperate challenge.

Liverpool also had goalkeeper Alisson Becker to thank, saving Jarrod Bowen’s 45th-minute spotkick after a reckless Joe Gomez tackle.

“I think the first half was a really good first half, with a bad ending for us with the penalty… but then with a good ending because Ali could save the penalty,” Klopp said.

“It still left a bit of a bad taste like we were lucky, but first half we were not - we played an exceptional game.

“If you don’t control it, West Ham are there, then the long balls flying in and great set-pieces. In the end, we needed Ali, we needed Millies big toe and we needed a couple of things.

“Overall, I think it is a deserved three points. It is a very important, tough period for all teams so you have to grind results out and now in three days time the next fight is waiting already.”

Elsewhere, a youthful Chelsea side were held to a 0-0 draw at Brentford, while struggling Southampton claimed an important 1-0 victory at south coast rivals Bournemouth.

Miguel Almiron struck the winner on the half hour as Newcastle edged Everton 1-0, while Manchester United defeated Tottenham 2-0.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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