Darwin Nunez’s eyes would have briefly lit up at Molineux as, for the second Liverpool away match running, he had the chance to be a match-winner from the bench.
The Uruguayan memorably netted a decisive brace late on away at Newcastle United last month as 10-man Liverpool came from behind to snatch an unlikely win. That victory had already gone a long way to silence the outside taunts he regularly faced last year.
Now against Wolves, he was granted a similar opportunity again. Brought on for Cody Gakpo in the 56th minute seconds after the Dutchman’s equaliser for the below-par Reds, it briefly looked like the 24-year-old would be the hero for Jurgen Klopp’s men once again.
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Playing a one-two with fellow substitute Luis Diaz from the edge of the box, the door briefly opened for Nunez as he sprinted past Craig Dawson towards the six-yard box when running onto the Colombian’s return pass. However, space was quickly sniffed out as he hurried a shot straight into goalkeeper Jose Sa’s outstretched leg.
There would have been more attention on such a miss last season at a time when an out-of-form Liverpool were struggling for points. But only five games into the new campaign, this is already a very different Reds side.
The scores might have been level when Nunez failed to net past Sa in the 70th minute, but 20 minutes later two late goals had clinched a 3-1 win. Moreover, rather than carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders after another high-pressure miss, the 24-year-old had still played his part in grinding out another Liverpool win.
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