Liverpool must feel that they are on the blink of conquering football given their recent success. Finishing second in the league last season only due to Manchester City incredible comeback during the last matchday, is an achievement in its own right. While also narrowly losing to last season’s comeback kings, Real Madrid, in the Champions League finals is testament to having an incredible season for reaching those heights. Liverpool still went on to win multiple trophies and are likely to do so again this season.
Mohamed Salah finally signing his new contract has the Liverpool fans relieved, considering they have already given up Sadio Mane, who moved to FC Bayern Munich during the summer transfers. A major signing for Liverpool was bringing in Darwin Núñez from Benfica for a huge transfer fee. Nunez was left on the bench for Liverpool first game of the new season where they played away to Fulham. The game was very intense as Fulham played some of the best football in periods during the match. Liverpool was kept back numerous times during the first half, they couldn’t cope with the intensity from Fulham as they went into the break 1-0 down.
Jurgen Klopp made some key substitutions that affected their overall performance in the second half as they went and fought their way back into the game. Bringing Nunez early on in the second half and moving Salah to the middle as a second striker, were two very important decisions for Liverpool earning a point from the match. Nunez didn’t only score, he was constantly a physical treat for the Fulham defenders as he was also able to gift Salah the equalizing goal, claiming a goal himself and an assist during his official debut for the team.
Klopp’s big decision would be to excuse himself from his usual antics of slowing and progressively easing a new signing, from another league, into his Liverpool squad. It worked for players like Fabinho, Kieta, and others, but now is the time to strap this approached. The current squad needs Nunez, a new and young breakout star to lead the line because Roberto Firmino has never been the answer. He is a great false time, however, a striker that can put the ball in the back of the net consistently is more valuable to any team, and that includes Liverpool. That was the reason Firmino starting role in the team was dislodged to Diogo Jota during most of last season. The Fulham game is enough evidence to bench Firmino and start Nunez for their next match, and the Liverpool fans would hope Klopp realizes that right now, rather than later.