“He’s never going to be a clinical finisher” – Jamie Carragher makes bold claim on Liverpool attacker
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has claimed that Darwin Nunez is not a natural goal-scorer considering his unorthodox shooting technique in his team’s recent 6-1 win over Leeds United.
The Reds ended their five-match winless run across all competitions with an easy Premier League win at Elland Road on Monday (April 17). While Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota each bagged a brace, Cody Gakpo and Nunez scored the first and sixth goals for their side, respectively. As for the hosts, Luis Sinisterra executed a chipped finish moments after the break.
Nunez, 23, started the contest on the substitute bench before replacing Salah in the 81st minute. He controlled a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold on his chest before slotting it with a left-footed strike in the 90th minute.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher claimed that Nunez’s shooting ability doesn’t instill confidence. He said:
“I think sometimes when he goes through and he has that time to think about it, I don’t think anyone really feels confident he’s going to finish. Away at Newcastle, he brought it down and he just hit it. And even then, I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe he’s hit that so quickly’.”
Suggesting that the Liverpool striker is not an effective finisher, Carragher added:
“But that’s the type of thing he does, he’ll shoot from anywhere – gets lots of shots off. But I think that’s just him. You know, he’s never going to be a clinical finisher, I don’t think. I might be wrong.”
Nunez, who arrived from Benfica for an initial £64 million last summer, has been in fine form this campaign. He has scored 15 goals and contributed four assists in 37 appearances, averaging a goal contribution every 114 minutes.