Ian Wright has gone back on the stern words he offered Darwin Nunez’s way after Liverpool’s drubbing over Manchester United at Anfield.
Wright, formerly of Arsenal, says he ‘always knew’ Nunez would produce for Liverpool after the 23-year-old bagged a brace on Sunday afternoon.
The Uruguayan striker has been the subject to unjust criticism since his arrival in England, which has probably been spurred on by the fact he was signed in the same window as world-beater Erling Haaland.
The club paid a club-record amount of £85m in the summer and whilst some thought the eye-watering figure was too much, Nunez may now be proving those doubters wrong.
Nunez’s life in England has been full of ups and downs, with a goal against Manchester City a high point and his early dismissal against Crystal Palace certainly a low one.
His two goals against fierce rivals Manchester United in an empathic win definitely tops the lot.
Nunez boasts an impressive eight goals in his first campaign in England’s top flight and Wright, going against the grain, had some positive words to say.
“Nunez, who I always knew. When you look at his goal xG and everything. He wasn’t reaching it simply because maybe he chose a different way to take the chance and he was still trying to finish how he finishes.” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“He is still doing exactly what he does. He works hard. He tries to finish, cute or whatever it is. He heads it, so you are knowing, at some stage, when it clicks for him, it’s going to happen.”
Nunez has endured a tough start in the most challenging league in the world, but this week felt different with two goals against Liverpool’s hostile rivals hopefully a turning point for the youngster.