Nunez came on as a second-half substitute and inspired Liverpool to a win over Manchester City in the curtain-raising Community Shield, scoring once and winning a penalty
Roy Keane has claimed Liverpool have already moved on from the departed Sadio Mane after Darwin Nunez scored a vital goal to help them to win the Community Shield.
Nunez was signed for a club-record fee earlier this summer as Mane left for Bayern Munich. There had been some concerns over the former Benfica star over the course of pre-season, but he shut the critics up with his display against Manchester City on Saturday.
The Uruguayan was introduced as substitute for Roberto Firmino just before the hour mark and took up position at the sharp end of the Reds’ attack. He immediately looked up to speed, though did spurn a couple of chances to put Liverpool ahead.
With seven minutes to go though, he did show why the Reds spent close to £85million in total to bring him to Anfield. First, he won a penalty when his header hit the arm of Ruben Dias, with Mohamed Salah scoring from the resulting spot-kick.
And in the dying stages of normal time, he followed that up by scoring the Reds third with a header from close range. That performance left Reds fans delighted and also saw Keane fire a warning to the rest of the Premier League.
“I think when any player comes to the club, no matter the position, they want to settle. For the striker it’s about getting that first goal under your belt. He’s up and running. Who’s that, Mane? That’s the name of the game, people move on, you’ve got strikers coming in, young striker, hungry, you seen it there,” Keane told ITV.