Darwin Nunez: A closer look at Liverpool’s forward’s goal drought before crucial Arsenal match

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Darwin Nunez has struggled to find the back of the net in his last 11 games, including a seven-game goalless streak in the Premier League. Despite his lack of goals, Nunez has been actively trying, but he has not been successful. In fact, he has gone 24 shots without scoring and has missed several big chances in recent games, costing Liverpool important points. Nunez has faced criticism for his wastefulness, despite occasional flashes of quality. While he has the highest number of shots per game in the Premier League, his conversion rate is only nine percent, resulting in just four goals from 42 shots. Additionally, his impact in creating chances has diminished in recent weeks. Nunez has struggled to find opportunities in matches against Fulham and Crystal Palace, and in a game against Manchester United, he only had two shots in 78 minutes. His frequent offsides, a total of 14 this season, also contribute to wasted opportunities. Nevertheless, Liverpool’s assistant manager, Pep Lijnders, emphasizes the importance of looking beyond just goals and misses and considering the overall contribution of players. He mentions that Nunez’s ability to create chances and assist his teammates cannot be overlooked. Nunez’s creativity has particularly benefited Mohamed Salah, as they have formed a strong partnership, resulting in numerous assists and goals. However, when analyzing their connection in more detail, it becomes apparent that Nunez’s finishing has been lacking, with Salah setting up Nunez for 18 chances, but only resulting in one goal. Despite these shortcomings in front of goal, Nunez has shown his abilities as a striker in his performances for the Uruguayan national team. He has scored five goals in his last four World Cup qualifiers, including goals against strong teams like Brazil and Argentina. Nunez has also revealed the influence of his national team coach, Marcelo Bielsa, who has provided guidance and helped him improve his game. As Nunez prepares to face Arsenal, one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League, it remains to be seen if he can break his goalless streak.

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