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Darwin Nunes the number 9 jersey is starting to look good after scoring last Wednesday

Darwin Nunes the number 9 jersey is starting to look good after scoring a goal last Wednesday, the Uruguayan reinforced with a spectacular goal, this time as part of the second-half squad.

And the way the striker scored both goals with composure suggests that his game was cooler, the first by guiding the ball around the keeper before shooting from a corner, and the second by evading the last defender and hitting into the bottom corner.


Nunez seems to feel a sense of belonging, and he is no longer desperate to impress himself, no longer no.27


Indeed, only a brilliant save from Greuther goalkeeper Jonas Urbig prevented Nunez’s dramatic winning goal.

Both goals came from good play from Mohamed Salah and Nunez retaliated with a cross at the far post before the Egyptian equalized in the closing minutes. Their understanding, which flickered at times last season, continues to grow.

Nunez has previously said he hopes his second season at Liverpool will be more fruitful, as he did at his former club Benfica. All the evidence so far points in this direction.

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Analysis by Ian Doyle after Liverpool’s 4-4 draw with Greuther Furth in a pre-season friendly in Germany on Monday

Manager Jürgen Klopp was happy to downplay the deficit. However, there is no doubt that Liverpool are fully aware of the potential problems that could arise.

“I know nobody wants to concede four, but we conceded eight!” he said. “Come on. It’s okay.”

Friendly games behind closed doors after an intense training camp, where three training days were the norm, are not representative of a regular game, especially against Greuther Furth, a team in the German second division who are far behind in preparing for the season.

But that couldn’t excuse the lack of defensive performance that saw the Reds concede four goals after the break, whether it was personal mistakes from Adrian or Joel Matip, increased vulnerability to Liverpool’s counter-attacks or an inability to eliminate opponents. Karlsruhe scored two great goals on Wednesday, but not this time. Of course, defensive midfield issues didn’t help.

Neither have Liverpool’s tactical ingenuity in sticking to the reverse right-back role, but so far they have been unable to field Trent Alexander-Arnold in a position specifically created for him.

Your defense will improve and so will your individual performance. More importantly, the leaky defense has focused attention on senior centre-backs aside from Ibrahima Konate, with Virgil van Dijk and Matip in their 30s, Joe Gomes at right-back and Nat Phillips at full-back starting more games.

Nearing the exit. With Fabinho all but gone, Liverpool suddenly seem to be at the center of defense, and they are certainly not in an ideal position, if not understaffed.


What once seemed like a luxury risks becoming a necessity this transfer window. Liverpool may need a new centre-back sooner than expected.

It may have been just the opening goal in a friendly, but it wasn’t hard to see what it meant for Luis Diaz. After intercepting a through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold centrally 25 yards from goal, the Liverpool winger scored a trick to pull past opponents before turning away from them in the penalty area with a spectacular right-footed shot into the bottom corner.

It evokes a clenched fist, thumping an air of joy, rebellion and relief.
All his fellow strikers shined at Karlsruhe, but Diaz was unconvincing. It was much better for the Colombian, who has faced a serious battle for his role as a starting left winger in his first few weeks.

Seeking to sideline his previous season with injury, he had to prove himself right from his first whistle. On the other wing, right-back Conor Bradley made contact with an exuberant Ben Doak, and the two youngsters worked well together.

Bradley revelation during loan season at Bolton Wanderers could still sign another temporary deal, but at least it would give Klopp something to think about.

Still at 17, Dork is still immature, but that makes him an exciting player who attacks opponents with speed and power.

Decisions are made over time, albeit in awkward situations. And he too endures, throws off a hard punch, and continues to cause trouble with another impressive 45-minute cameo.

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