Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 triumph against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. The match’s star man was Darwin Nunez, who sealed the victory with a second-half goal.
Darwin Nunez brought his total for the season to seven goals and four assists across all competitions. Darwin Nunez’s 2023/24 season performance has been quite impressive, where he’s averaging a direct goal involvement every 61 minutes. He has showcased remarkable improvement compared to his initial season at Liverpool, which had mixed results.
Michael Owen remains unimpressed
Despite the former Benfica striker’s impressive form and accomplishments, there are those who have expressed criticism regarding his style of play. Among these voices, Michael Owen and others suggest that there are opportunities for refinement and growth in how he approaches his role on the field.
Michael Owen, the 43-year-old, who scored 158 goals for Liverpool and lifted the Ballon d’Or in 2001, shared about his opinion on Darwin Nunez on social media. He said,
“That goal from Darwin Nunez on Tuesday night sums him up at this stage of his career. There’s an unbelievable player in there somewhere but he’s still so rough around the edges.”
Michael Owen’s idea that Darwin Nunez can still get better makes sense. When Darwin Nunez first joined Benfica, he had a tough time in his first year, but in the following season, he exploded with 34 goals. This impressive performance earned him a big-money transfer to Liverpool.
This season, Darwin Nuñez has been doing really well, scoring goals and helping out his teammates. It was recently observed that since the 2021/22 season, Nuñez is second in the Premier League when it comes to expected goals per 90 minutes, without counting penalties. Only Erling Haaland is ahead of him.
Nuñez and Mohamed Salah make a strong team, and Nuñez has been coming through in important matches. He has scored crucial goals against teams like Newcastle, West Ham, and Bournemouth.
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