Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez Analyzed by Alan Shearer: Pace, Power, Fouls

Attackers care about errors, however the time you are worried and the time you lose sleep is the time alternatives do not come. Large moments can drag on and play again in your thoughts – nothing stays with you want a deflected penalty – however they’re hardly ever signs of sickness in your sport. That is why I’ve somewhat little bit of a fear about Darwin Nunez and his kind at Liverpool as a result of his means is clear and the remainder he can study. If he desires to get higher, he’ll.

Nobody has wasted extra possibilities within the Premier League this season (15 in keeping with Opta) than Nunez. Put that alongside the preliminary switch payment of £64m ($77.6m), and examine his 10 targets in all competitions to Erling Haaland’s 27 for Manchester Metropolis, factoring within the Norwegian’s cheaper price and Liverpool’s struggles within the Premier League, in addition to these ruthless chants. A fan of the opposition about being “identical to Andy Carroll,” would not sound cool, does it?

Nonetheless, most of that is grossly unfair. Nunez is a contemporary striker of the identical sort as Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane moderately than a standard centre-forward, and he is definitely not as obsessive about scoring targets as Haaland (Which is supposed because the sincerest praise). However then, who’s he?

It wasn’t so way back {that a} objective each different sport was thought-about a superb return for many gamers, and Haaland, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could have modified the way in which we have a look at that. However they’re the extremes, not the norm. Not everybody can do this.

Harry Kane has scored 17 targets for Tottenham Hotspur this season and is barely talked about as a result of Haaland slashed via Premier League defences, whereas Nunez’s complete of 10 targets in 23 appearances for Liverpool is seen via the prism of discomfort. Jurgen Klopp’s crew was weak defensivelyHowever their massive drawback is that they preserve enjoying a nice line with out the power to press in midfield and I do not see Nunez as a significant component in that.

And 10 targets shouldn’t be a foul indicator. Within the Premier League period, solely Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge, Salah and Diogo Jota have made it to Liverpool sooner.

Digging deeper into these 15 “massive” bugs paints a extra correct image – eight of them had been on course and two hit the woodwork. Communicate to the bigwigs at Liverpool they usually’ll let you know how a lot they love his motion, his tempo and his energy and the way Nunez is at all times coming again for extra. There was that An early silly second When he was despatched off in opposition to Crystal Palace it might have affected his confidence, however the followers caught with him and that tells his personal story.


Mark Curry requested, Athletic Knowledge Analyst, to crunch the numbers after which watch some clips with me, to see in the event that they supported my theories. As a result of I like a variety of what I’ve seen with Nunez, who’s nonetheless solely 23, a participant of unbelievable expertise who won’t be a pure finisher. It is apparent – starkly – that the Uruguay worldwide wants extra restraint in entrance of objective, however I do not see a lot of an issue there.

What do I imply by pure paint? It’s if you end up comfy within the conditions you might be in, when there isn’t a aid. You are not flustered, overexcited, wide-eyed, or trying such as you’re pondering, “What the hell am I doing right here?” Nunez has all of it. He has a lightning tempo, which defenders hate, he will get into good areas and may end properly. When the ball involves him shortly he’s a killer. It’s when he has time to consider it; That is when issues do not go properly. He grabs the ball and speeds it up.

To return to the start, if Nunez wasn’t getting good possibilities repeatedly I might be scared for him and Liverpool, however he’s. As you may see under, his involvement in Liverpool’s photographs and possibilities creation should not solely the best for his crew however the highest of any participant within the Premier League to this point. This tells you that he’s engaged, decisive, and prepared.

Changing these alternatives is a matter of iterating on the coaching floor (we should not neglect the relative lack of expertise when it comes to league begins), feeling it occur in matches, having fun with it, getting used to it, after which doing it once more. Work arduous, and with a little bit of cool, hitting 20 to 25 targets a season should not be an issue.

For those who’re an explorer who seems to be at a few of his targets and also you by no means see him miss out on the alternatives he has, then you definitely’d assume this man is unbelievable. He has nice variation in his targets – scoring along with his proper foot, left foot, and a few nice heading too, in opposition to West Ham United (within the Premier League) and Ajax (within the Champions League).

Let’s begin by taking a look at his newest targets in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers within the FA Cup. What’s notable is that he really received the header in his personal half from a throw-in. The important thing to this objective is the place it begins and the place it ends.

For those who watch his motion whereas the assault is in progress, he’s really pointing the place he desires to go.

If he did not wish to rating and needed to cover, he would not do it or level the place he needed Trent Alexander-Arnold to place him.

As he pulls away, the defender cannot sustain. It is a terrific end – whether or not it is off his leg or not. It is a foolish ball from Trent, however it tells me that – whereas individuals assume he lacks religion – he is eager to attain. This may occasionally sound apparent, however it means he isn’t hiding, not disguising himself in something or attempting to play it secure.

It is a comparable scenario he scored from within the Premier League in opposition to Southampton. For those who watch his motion, he steps a yard and a half to his proper to create house and preserve himself on his aspect.

Like I at all times say, it is one spherical for the cannons and one for you. It is a terrific run as a result of the defender actually comes with it, and that is precisely what he desires.

He created all that house himself – you depend on the supply, however he is like a Wolves objective on his finish with that left foot.

Individuals discuss his connection to the ball along with his ending, however I would not care. It would not trouble me one iota how the ball received in—whether or not it was swinging off my toes, or my ass, or my leg, or no matter.

Crucial factor is that you just’re there, after which it is about getting a connection via it — get it on the again of the community.

The optimistic factor is that he would not care if he makes a mistake, however there are issues he can work on.

Probably the most notable factor is that he must preserve his head up when he has extra time to consider taking pictures him. See this instance under, the place he stands behind the Aston Villa defence.

Along with his velocity, I might have anticipated him to go Ezri Konsa right here. He prefers his proper foot, and with that subsequent contact, he can go as a result of he is already a yard in entrance of Konsa. If he passes via it to open the sphere (yellow arrow), he’s in the course of the objective moderately than being compelled to face along with his left foot (white arrow).

If he handed via Konsa, he would have extra choices. Konsa cannot convey him down or he’ll be kicked out. As an alternative, he pulls the ball vast…

…identical to he did in opposition to Brentford…

…and an virtually an identical attempt in opposition to Manchester Metropolis within the Carabao Cup.

That is the place you simply should preserve your cool. Enhancing this merely comes all the way down to time and sweat in coaching. I used to have classes the place I might be in entrance of a defender and he would chase me, and I might apply hitting the ball into the nook of the web.

The extra you get into these conditions, the happier you’ll really feel about your environment and the load of the scenario. That is a part of his drawback when he is one-on-one — he by no means actually appears comfy. The extra you apply, the higher you’re going to get.

Even taking a look at Liverpool’s profitable objective in opposition to Leicester lately, within the build-up to Wout Faes’ personal objective, it is a intelligent end from Nunez to go previous the keeper and it is actually dangerous luck to hit the publish.

They get the purpose anyway however for those who return a break there may be in all probability a greater decision obtainable. With the tempo the goalkeeper is, Núñez had the choice to roll round to the left aspect (proven in yellow), which I believe would have been simpler to do.


It is vital to consider Nunez’s total sport, not simply his end. His tempo is intimidating and when he has turf to hit – notably in that left channel – there should not many defenders who will catch him.

You would see that in the identical Leicester sport, the place Weiss in all probability feels he has it coated.

Nevertheless it’s nice from Nunez as he will get previous Weiss at a tempo…

…to get to the byline and reduce it down for Salah.

There isn’t any drawback for him to be on the left aspect as he’s very happy to make use of his left foot, which can solely be of nice profit to him.

Even the perfect, like Salah, can swallow it vast! However Nunez discovered it actually good.

It was a terrific sport in opposition to Leicester, however can Nunez enhance his decision-making on a wider scale? After all.

There have been some examples this season the place he has held the ball for a lot too lengthy when he ought to have launched it – the obvious instance being in opposition to Manchester Metropolis earlier this season.

With Liverpool damaged they’ve three gamers in opposition to one to complete and it’s clear what Nunez should do.

You simply have to boost your head. This isn’t a tough go for Salah and he ought to do it (yellow arrow).

As an alternative, he shoots with gamers round him and the assault breaks down.

Having higher consciousness of the choices obtainable is vital, however he has to boost his head and see the go. He is clearly made up his thoughts that he is taking pictures, however you want to pay attention to the scenario you are in and your environment

It is easy to neglect that Nunez solely noticed two seasons in Europe’s prime flight earlier than shifting to Liverpool. Earlier than becoming a member of Benfica in 2020, his solely style of soccer outdoors South America was Spanish membership Segunda of Almeria.

The purpose is, he has loads of time to grow to be the world-class striker that every one his attributes point out he might be and he has loads of educated individuals at Liverpool to assist him get there, together with the followers who proceed to help him.

For now, it is concerning the coaching discipline, getting forward, working towards relentlessly, discovering consolation in that drudgery and honing these abilities. He’ll get there.

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