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What ‘upset’ Darwin Núñez against Chelsea as Jürgen Klopp makes Liverpool prediction



Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez became the first player in Premier League history to hit the woodwork four times in a single match during the Reds’ 4-1 win over Chelsea.

Jürgen Klopp, the boss of Liverpool, has come to Darwin Núñez’s defense. That’s after the forward somehow failed to score in the 4-1 victory against Chelsea.

Núñez took an incredible 11 shots during the game and was the first recorded player in Premier League history to hit the woodwork four times in one match. Even his penalty kick in the first half, though it sent the goalkeeper in the wrong direction, bounced off the post.

Despite these setbacks, Núñez still managed to assist Luis Díaz in scoring Liverpool’s fourth goal, helping to lift its lead in the league back to five points. The striker has now made 11 goals and 11 assists from 34 games this season.

After the match, Klopp confessed that Núñez was disappointed with his missed penalty at half-time but commended the number of opportunities he creates. Klopp firmly believes that it won’t be long until Núñez starts scoring more regularly.

“Insane first half, unbelievable. Outstanding,” Klopp praised. “Why do we speak about Darwin? Obviously because he has so many situations where he missed.

“It is the first time since we count, a player hits the woodwork four times in a game. Yeah, now think you are in his boots, how that feels. Now missing a penalty, you could see at half-time he was really upset with himself.

“And then missing a header from close range, but then setting up a goal. He stays in the game. There was never a striker who barely could walk and everyone asks, ‘What is he doing?’ and becomes the final picture of himself. This is the way it works.

“It’s just crazy that he creates that many. Imagine for a second he would take them on all. The numbers would be absolutely insane, to an extent where we wouldn’t understand it anymore so it’s normal.

“For us, it’s unimportant. We scored four goals, who cares if we could have scored a fifth or sixth? It’s really not important. We need to win football games and he will score, he has scored already.

“And setting up in a really important moment, the fourth goal, because 3-2 or 4-1, that’s a big difference. That makes him the player he is for us and the rest will come, definitely.”

Liverpool.com says: If ever a performance summed up Darwin Núñez. Last night was quite incredible from the Uruguay international, and how he didn’t score is an absolute mystery.

We’re of course used to him not making the most of his chances at this point, and he was denied by some decent saves from DjordjePetrović, but he really has to be putting some of those away. The penalty miss especially won’t do his reputation any favors.

Klopp is right to keep the faith with him. After all, you’d rather a striker who is gettinga hatful of chances than one that isn’t getting any. He needs to be repaying that faith soon though. At 24, the ‘raw’ excuse can only carry him so far.

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