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Steve McManaman shares what staff at Liverpool are telling him about Darwin Nunez ahead of Man City clash

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Liverpool fans will be hoping their big players can turn up tomorrow when they take on Manchester City at Anfield.

Although they’ve been boosted by the return of some of their key men over the last week, they are still without a couple of big hitters.

As a result, the onus will fall on a select group of stars to get Liverpool over the line against the champions. Of course, how Mohamed Salah handles his likely return to the starting line-up will have big say in the result. But so too will the performance of Darwin Nunez.

Nunez has been sensational lately. The Uruguayan added two great goals to his tally on Thursday, meaning he now has five goals in his last four games. And speaking via The Independent ahead of tomorrow’s clash with City, former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman said that staff at Anfield are completely convinced that there’s even more to come from Nunez.

“I think, unfortunately, because of some of his high-profile misses you will have fans shouting at him and singing songs like they did at Forest,” began the 52-year-old. “He will miss chances but his recent form: his goal against Brentford and his goal the other day (against Forest) shows his importance.

“I have every faith in him. I speak to the people at the club who say he works hard and tries to work on his finishing and overall play and hopefully he will get better and better.”

Liverpool staff happy with Nunez

Although he hasn’t always been seeing the results on the pitch, Nunez has always been held in high regard inside Liverpool.

When he was signed in 2022, it was clear that the Uruguay international was going to take some time to settle. Almost two years on, and it’s fair to say that Nunez now looks totally at home.

Still, the one thing perhaps missing from Darwin’s resurgence at Liverpool has been a goal against one of the Premier League’s top sides.

The Reds’ No.9 has scored some crucial, crucial goals this season in particular. Last week’s injury-time winner at Forest for example has the potential to be huge.

But aside from a double during the 7-0 rout of Manchester United last season and a consolation away to Arsenal, his impact against Liverpool’s top-end rivals has been scarce.

If Nunez can change that on Sunday and come up trumps against City, then all of that will be forgotten.

The way he’s playing of late – and the improvements seen in his game especially – you wouldn’t bet against Darwin being the headline maker tomorrow.

Staff at Liverpool have clearly long since been convinced by the former Benfica hitman. Slowly, the whole of the Reds fanbase have been turned, too. Get a big goal on City’s head, and the rest of the country will have no choice but to board the Nunez train as well.

 

 

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