How Darwin Nunez changed the Carabao Cup semi-final for Liverpool

Darwin Nunez was brought on in the early stages of the second half.

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Liverpool had to come from behind to win the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham with goals from Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo.

Those second-half strikes cancelled out the opening goal from Willian in the earlier stages of the game.

Jurgen Klopp made a double change 11 minutes into the second half bringing on Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpp into the frontline.

Ryan Gravenberch and Harvey Elliot went off as Klopp looked to make sure that Liverpool gained an advantage going into the second leg.

Gakpo got the second goal but Nunez also made a massive impact as he completely changed the game for The Reds, as he has done in the past.

Darwin Nunez’s impressive game-changing stats against Fulham

It was a slight surprise to see Nunez not in the starting line-up after he impressed on the left wing against Arsenal in the second half.

When he came on, with Gakpo, it swung the momentum in Liverpool’s favour as it meant that Liverpool more or less had a front four up against the Fulham defence with the Uruguayan being the standout.

Nunez had the highest xG out of everyone with 0.76 which would have came from his close range effort which was magnficently saved by Bernd Leno.

He also had the most touches in the opposition box with 12 even though he only came on in the 56th minute.

As well as this Nunez completed the most dribbles in the game with three and had the joint most shots with four all whilst getting the two key assists.

Nunez has been known for coming off the bench and making a massive impact just like he did against Newcastle United to win Liverpool the game in incredible style.

However his performance in this first should be enough to all but confirm his spot in the next starting line-up for Liverpool which will be against Bournemouth on the 21st of January.

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