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What Darwin Nunez did in front of the Newcastle bench reveals the truth about the Liverpool striker before to his return to action

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What Darwin Nunez did in front of the Newcastle bench reveals the truth about the Liverpool striker before to his return to action

If Darwin Nunez’s plan for his three-game sentence was to keep a low profile, Wednesday’s 98th-minute Liverpool victory over Newcastle did little to improve his rehabilitated image.

As the Reds’ players scrambled in confusion following Fabio Carvalho’s goal, Nunez was seen perched just above the home team’s dugout and roaring in the general direction of the Newcastle bench.

In that instant, Nunez represented every home fan in the stadium as the Magpies were forced to acknowledge the fact that their match-long tactics to waste time had not only been ineffective, but had also had the opposite impact.

Nunez’s response may have increased his popularity with Liverpool’s fans, but it also demonstrated that the new £64 million striker is anything but a shrinking violet. 

At Anfield, perhaps this was to be expected with regards to Uruguayan strikers.

But as the former Benfica man prepares to return from a completely avoidable suspension he received last month for throwing his head in the general direction of Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen, he is about to jump from the frying pan into the fire as far as Premier League defenders go this weekend.

The Blues’ backline will be desperate for any advantage they can find in the 241st Merseyside derby this weekend at Goodison Park, despite the fact that Everton’s collection of centre-backs are not necessarily known as the premier league’s greatest agitators, with the exception of the injured Yerry Mina.

“If he’s playing he is going to be expecting people right on him and I am sure his manager will be in his ear making sure he is switched on,” says James Tarkowski of Liverpool’s No.27. “Everyone has moments in their career, especially at a younger age, when you lose your head for a minute but you learn from your experiences and I am sure he will.”

A hostile Goodison Park crowd will amplify any attempt to flip the switch that was activated less than an hour into his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace.

“I’m not going to go around and just be his best mate and high five him,” Tarkowski adds. “But I expect him to be switched right on. You’ve got to control yourself and that includes us.”

In reality, Klopp is likely to stick with Roberto Firmino after he scored three goals in two games against Bournemouth and Newcastle while also delivering a complete center-performance forward’s in the 9-0 thrashing of the former, but Nunez will be eager to get on the field and begin his English football career.

There is also a hypothesis that the 23-year-old will be determined to make up for the lost time of the last three matches on the sidelines and to reward the fans for his sending off at a time when Klopp’s injury-ravaged squad had so few choices.

Nunez will only know how much he feels he owes the fans after becoming the first player in the Klopp era to be sent off for violent conduct, but a quiet word from his manager about the dos and don’ts in this squad should at least refocus the mind as the Reds enter a busy period that will require everyone to contribute.

There will undoubtedly be reluctance to make direct comparisons within the club, but the fact that Nunez’s enforced absence has coincided with Erling Haaland’s brilliant Premier League debut is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by many.

The comparisons and contrasts with City’s nine-goal scorer may be put on hold for the time being; however, Nunez must return to the field, keep his cool, and demonstrate why many at Liverpool believe he can become the most expensive player in Anfield history.

What Darwin Nunez did in front of the Newcastle bench reveals the truth about the Liverpool striker before to his return to action

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