A look at Darwin Nunez’s season so far: How many goals has he scored this season?
The player that Liverpool fans hoped Darwin Nunez would be when he first arrived from Benfica in the summer is already beginning to emerge.
When the Reds paid £64 million for the Uruguayan international in June, some people were surprised. However, the deal could eventually increase to £85 million, making him the most expensive player in club history.
Hopes were high that Nunez could challenge Erling Haaland in the scoring charts this season after he scored in the Community Shield victory over Manchester City and then added another goal in his first competitive match for the team, a 2-2 draw with Fulham on the first day of the Premier League season.
But once Haaland began regularly hitting hat tricks, Nunez found it much more difficult to register a goal.
Nunez has, however, seen a recent improvement in form.
A first-half brace against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday has taken Nunez’s overall tally for the season to eight goals in 17 competitive matches.
Five of his goals have come in the league, while he has also scored three in the Champions League.
As previously mentioned, he also scored in the 3-1 win over City in the Community Shield match in August – although this is not classed a competitive game.
Haaland, meanwhile, has remarkably scored 23 goals in just 18 games this season.
The majority of his goals, 18, have come in the Premier League, with five scored in the Champions League.
He therefore already has a 15-goal lead over Nunez across all competitions, not including the Community Shield.
Nunez has received a lot of praise from Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, who also thinks the striker has more to offer.
When asked how good Nunez could eventually become, Klopp said: “Nobody knows, he doesn’t know. Nobody knows, there is a lot [of potential] and it is so exciting, but he has to stay fit, he has to be available all the time.
“That’s all important in the life of a professional football player. We have to work on all different areas. Then, the potential is incredible. It’s not only speed, the attitude is really good, he is a real worker”