Fans slam ‘RIDICULOUS’ decision to award Darwin Nunez man of the match after the Liverpool striker missed a hatful of chances against Aston Villa… but Jurgen Klopp insists the Uruguayan had an ‘incredible’ game and it was ‘unfair’ that he didn’t score
- Darwin Nunez was given the man of the match award against Aston Villa
- The Liverpool striker missed a number of chances during Liverpool’s win
- Some fans feel it was ‘ridiculous’ that he got the man of the match award
- However, he also troubled Villa’s defence throughout the match
- Some fans have backed him to come good if he is given time to shine
- Jurgen Klopp has also backed Nunez, and felt he was ‘incredible’ against Villa
Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez continues to split opinion after his all-action performance against Aston Villa saw him miss a hatful of chances but still pick up the man of the match award.
The Reds secured a 3-1 win at Villa Park, with Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Stefan Bajcetic all getting on the scoresheet.
Nunez had multiple chances to also find the net, but his finishing touch consistently let him down. He was still named man of the match as his dangerous runs in behind stretched the Villa defence, but some fans did not agree that he deserved the accolade.
Darwin Nunez missed several big chances but still was handed the man of the match award
Some supporters were shocked that Nunez was named man of the match after his display
‘Amazon pundits watched this match and gave Nunez MOTM? Ridiculous,’ one supporter wrote on Twitter.
‘So how did Nunez win MOTM??!’ another equally bemused fan added.
Amazon Prime commentator Andy Townsend opted to pick Nunez and he explained his decision after the final whistle.
‘I like the fact he doesn’t give anything up. He was running as fast in the 80th minute as he was the first. He was a constant threat. Time and time again it was his running that was stretching the game,’ Townsend said.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp agreed with Townsend’s assessment of Nunez’s performance, and claimed the striker was very unfortunate not to get a goal.
‘Incredible, what a game he played,’ Klopp said about Nunez’s display.
Jurgen Klopp was very pleased with Nunez’s performance despite the striker failing to score
One fan called for Liverpool to stay patient with Nunez and he’ll become ‘unstoppable’
One supporter felt Nunez deserved to be given match of the match for his all-round display
When asked how he felt about Nunez not scoring, Klopp continued: ‘Life is unfair. He will score, I have no doubt about that, what he gives us is he has power that is incredible. Everything will be fine and his game was exceptional.’
Klopp’s call for patience was echoed by some fans, while others claimed he warranted the man of the match award despite struggling with his finishing throughout the game.
‘Nunez awarded motm shows us we just need to wait for his confidence back and he’ll be unstoppable,’ one supporter insisted.
Another wrote: ‘Nunez was so dangerous tonight. Deserved MOTM.’
Nunez has scored nine goals since joining from Benfica in the summer, but has had a stop-start campaign due to injuries and suspension.
He failed to score for Uruguay at the World Cup and looked particularly rusty in front of goal during Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat against Manchester City last Thursday.
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