Thierry Henry, one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history, has analysed Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez and his start to life in England’s top flight during a fascinating piece of analysis.
The former Arsenal striker was joined by Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards on punditry duty when he offered his two cents on a range of topics during Tuesday night’s Champions League coverage, including the much-talked about Nunez.
The Uruguayan forward, who has netted seven goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season, has flirted between mesmeric and mediocrity in a red shirt.
But what does Henry think of the former Benfica man? Jamie Carragher was interested to hear what the Frenchman had to say and it’s a great watch.
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As Carragher quite rightly points out, Nunez has yet to set the world alight after Liverpool splashed a club-record £85m on the forward, but his goals per minute is certainly impressive.
And he continues to show glimpses of brilliance under Jurgen Klopp, although Henry believes he would be more “cold in front of goal” if his mindset was different.
“I think he needs confidence, and the confidence that I’m talking about is when you are at a club and feel like you’re going to play week in and week out, you’re a bit more cold in front of goal,” Henry told CBS.
“Because he wants to please so much and do so much and he wants to wow the Liverpool fans, sometimes he rushes it. He gets the ball and he rushes it instead of controlling, going back on his right foot and finishing clean.
“I went through that. When you arrive as a big signing and just overdo it at times. Coming in after Sadio Mane, that’s not easy to do and you just overdo it instead of being calm, cool and finishing.
“He’s the type of guy where when he gets one then things will come. I don’t think he’s a finisher like Robbie Fowler, not a lot of people are finishers like Robbie Fowler in all fairness, but he has goals in him.”
Henry added: “He’s a bit more of a handful. Sometimes he will rush a bit like Alexis Sanchez or a young Luis Suarez when you felt like things were bouncing off of him and stuff like that but when you start to master what you’re good at, then you can control it better. And I think that will happen to him. I think he can do that.”
Nunez was on the scoresheet for Liverpool on Tuesday night as they earned a confidence-boosting 2-0 win against Serie A leaders Napoli.
The 23-year-old, who has scored three goals in his last three Champions League games, put the tie to bed in the 97th minute after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with five minutes of normal time remaining.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for the striker in his post-match interview.
“Absolutely good,” Klopp told reporters when asked about Nunez. “In these games for us it was not a game for massive rotation, because of the situation, but a little bit we had to and that is why we didn’t start all three [of Nunez, Salah and Roberto Firmino].
“We had to see how we got through the game and I thought Curtis did really well in an unfamiliar position for him.
“He did really well and was involved in the game and then when you can bring on a fresh player with the quality of Darwin is very helpful. I’m really happy about that.”
Thoughts on Nunez’s start to life at Liverpool? It’s an interesting one, for sure.
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