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Is there a chance for Darwin Nuñez after the 9-0 win over Bournemouth?

By Charles Cornwall

Is there a chance for Darwin Nuñez after the 9-0 win over Bournemouth?

Darwin Nunez served just his second game - out of three - of punishment after being sent off in the draw against Crystal Palace.

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Darwin Nunez served his second game - out of three - of a three-match ban, after the embarrassing sending-off in the draw against Crystal Palace following the incident with defender Joachim Andersen, who he head-butted and later apologised to the fans on social media and said it would not happen again.

Within that context, Liverpool gave one of their best performances as a team on Saturday against Bournemouth at Anfield, beating the Cherries by a score of 9-0 with a brace from strikers Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino, with too good performances from all the players involved.

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This situation opens up the question we posed in the title: is there room for Darwin Nunez after the 9-0 win over Bournemouth? Let's look at all the contexts, but let's be realistic in a way. In the game against Crystal Palace, Nunez started yes, because of the good play he had in the previous games -Manchester City and Fulham-, but also because Firmino was injured and couldn't be there that day.

Roberto Firmino is Klopp's favourite

Although Nunez is an excellent striker, Klopp's formation is set up so that Roberto Firmino is the starter and the Uruguayan, who is still serving his suspension, is used as a substitute when necessary, a fact that has paid off in at least two games for German manager Jurgen Klopp.

That is not to say Nunez will never start, as the fixture load will start to ramp up in September with the other competitions the Reds will face. Also, after today's brace, Firmino reached 100 goals and is a key player for this new season, which is likely to be his last with Liverpool because his contract ends in 2023, when Nunez could already take his place outright.  

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