Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez missed an open goal in the Reds’ Champions League fixture against Ajax. The Uruguayan had the chance to double his team’s lead on the stroke of half-time but butchered the opportunity.
Liverpool had been under the cosh for most of the first half with Ajax passing up two good opportunities of their own to open the scoring. However, the Reds had taken the lead through Mohamed Salah in the 42nd minute.
Almost immediately afterwards the Liverpool attack was in again as Roberto Firmino squared the ball across for Nunez who should have simply tapped into an open goal from six yards. Inexplicably, the 23-year-old managed to hit the post with his left foot leaving his team with more work to do in the second half.
His team mates were left in a state of disbelief following the miss with harsh words likely to have been said in the dressing room during the half-time break.
However, Nunez more than made up for his miss within five minutes of the second period getting underway, powering home a header from an Andy Robertson corner, doubling his team’s advantage. Harvey Elliott scored a third moments later to all but secure Liverpool’s qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Nunez is yet to completely impress since his arrival at Anfield but has shown in flashes what he is capable of. He has scored an admirable six goals in his opening 12 games in all competitions his all-round game has left something to be desired and his arrival appears to have somewhat stifled Salah’s attacking output.
The forward missed the weekend’s 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest with an injury but was straight back into the team in Amsterdam.
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