Newly-acquired Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez brought his slow start to life at the Premier League club to an end on Thursday, putting four goals past RB Leipzig as the Reds thumped their German opposition 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Red Bull Arena.
Mohamed Salah handed the Reds the lead going into halftime by scoring a venomous early finish, however, the game truly came alive once Liverpool’s new number twenty-seven was subbed into the game in the 46th minute. Two minutes after coming onto the field, Nunez slotted home a penalty to double the Reds’ lead and then scored his second three minutes later. In the 68th minute, the Uruguayan international slotted home his third, thereby securing his hat trick with a strike from six yards out.
The 23-year-old player wasn’t done yet, however. As the game went into stoppage time, fellow substitute Fabio Carvalho blasted down the field in a quick counter-attacking move. He then found Nunez on the left flank, who thumped the ball past Leipzig keeper Blaswich with a low right-footed strike.
This performance was a crucial one for Nunez, who has a lot to prove after arriving at the club from Benfica for a price tag of £85 million, a club record.