Nunez Strikes First As Haaland Slips In Cup Tie

Darwin Nunez, who gave Reds fans a new hero with a memorable debut, immediately demonstrated why the team paid Benfica £64 million. 

There was no question who won the season-opening Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City, which was billed as a matchup of two new strikers. 

Darwin Nunez, who gave Reds fans a new hero with a memorable debut, immediately demonstrated why the team paid Benfica £64 million. 

The Uruguayan international came on as a substitute but ended up winning a last-minute penalty that Mohamed Salah converted to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead. He then scored his first competitive goal for the team to “put the icing on the cake” of his performance. 

Erling Haaland, who plays for Norway, had a disappointing debut game at the other end of the field because he missed several chances to put his team ahead 3-1.

Liverpool won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup last season, but they were unable to complete the historically rare quadruple. 

Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane all contributed to the club’s recent trophy victories, but Sadio Mane left in the summer to join Bayern Munich. 

Nunez, who impressed by scoring against the Reds in the Champions League’s knockout round last year, was brought in to replace the Senegal international. 

The player’s first touch was the subject of social media jokes during the preseason, which manager Jurgen Klopp referred to as “a joke,” but the 23-year-old resoundingly disproved them by scoring four goals in the friendly match against RB Leipzig.