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Michael Owen shares what he really thinks about Nunez, after tonight’s open-net miss

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But it must also be said that since his arrival at Anfield, Nunez has missed a few too many of these. The one tonight is simply inexcusable.

Michael Owen says he’s always backing Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez during debates in the pub.

Darwin shook off an injury to start for the Reds this evening against Union Saint-Gilloise. But it wasn’t a performance to remember from the 24-year-old, as he shanked an open-net chance horrible wide.

Analysing the miss in the TNT Sports studio was a man who knew a thing or two about burying those kinds of chances – Owen.

And although the former England striker admitted that Nunez is a ‘frustrating’ player, he still claimed to back him whenever the chance arises.

“I’ve watched him closely since he’s been at club,” Owen began.

“He’s a great volleyer of the ball, he does certain things and you think ‘wow, you can’t teach that,’ but he does basic things [wrong].

“I argue with people in the pub all the time [about him], he’s got attributes off the scale, but simple tap ins, frustrating.”

Owen backs Darwin to deliver

After taking a while to really hit his straps last season, Liverpool fans have taken Nunez to their hearts completely this year.

And there’s good reason for that too, he’s one of the most exciting players we’ve had in years.

But it must also be said that since his arrival at Anfield, Nunez has missed a few too many of these. The one tonight is simply inexcusable.But it must also be said that since his arrival at Anfield, Nunez has missed a few too many of these. The one tonight is simply inexcusable.

Given the chance to put the Reds ahead and on course for a nice evening early into the game, Darwin fluffed his lines from six yards out.

After that, Liverpool toiled for much of the first-half, before Ryan Gravenberch finally put them ahead just before half-time.

Had Nunez buried the chance, as he should have, the Reds could have pushed on and been out of sight by then.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to be too angry with our No.9. As Owen points out, he more than makes up for is shortcomings in other ways. But still, he perhaps can’t afford too many more of these.

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