Former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has cast doubt over Darwin Nunez’s suitability as a goal scorer.
The Uruguayan scored a brace in a 4-0 win for Liverpool against Bournemouth on Sunday evening.
However, it seems that even that is not enough to dissuade pundits from having a dig at Liverpool’s No.9.
Despite being up to 10 goals and 10 assists this term, Nunez consistently gets questioned for not being clinical enough in front of goal.
While the 24-year-old is guilty of missing the occasional sitter, he has proven countless times this season that he is capable of the spectacular.
Infact, Nunez is only behind Mohamed Salah (25) for goal contributions this season with 20.
While he might not be the most clinical forward, he is making up for it with assists, pressing, and general attacking chaos.
What did former Manchester City ‘keeper Shay Given say about Darwin Nunez?
Speaking on Premier League Productions, Shay Given revealed that he is unsure of Nunez’s finishing capabilities:
“You see Nunez. There is still [something off], you might disagree, but I am still not sure.”
“I know he scored two and he’s got good figures, but I still don’t think he is a natural goalscorer, if that makes sense.”
“If you look at his partner in Jota, he looks like the most natural goalscorer in the league.”
“Everything he seems to touch turns to gold. He is a brilliant striker and a very natural finisher.”
While it is true that Jota is a better finisher than Nunez, the Uruguayan has his own strengths.
He is more creative, with 10 assists to Jota’s three.
Additionally, his pace and physical presence means that he perhaps is more of a handful for defenders to deal with – opening up space for other players.
Furthermore, Nunez has shown that he can score spectacular goals, including a finesse finish against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
Nonetheless, the Uruguayan will know that he can’t continue to fluff his lines when the ‘easy’ chances come around.
The Reds are next in action tomorrow (Wednesday) night as they look to secure passage to the Carabao Cup final at Craven Cottage.
You can read a Fulham and Liverpool injury update here.