Agbonlahor says Liverpool looked better with Jota than with Nunez
The Reds’ European campaign is off and running after a 2-1 win over the Eredivisie champions at Anfield. Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock. And Joel Matip was there when the Reds needed him to head home the late winner.
It had appeared that Liverpool may have to settle for a point. They threatened to create a number of openings. But did not manage to take anymore of their chances until one minute before time.
The game saw Jota make his first start of the season. The Portuguese played for the first 66 minutes before he was replaced by Nunez.
Unfortunately for Nunez, the striker was unable to make the most of his time on the pitch. He squandered a couple of chances. And he was criticised by Steve McManaman for giving away a needless foul.
It certainly appears that the summer signing is going to take some time to really get going on Merseyside. And Agbonlahor suggested that Jota looked much more impressive in the front three than the Uruguayan had done.
“For me, they were back to their best Liverpool. Salah was scary again. Diaz looked very good. And they looked better with Jota playing in that front three,” he told talkSPORT.
“As bad as it sounds, Nunez has come in for a lot of money. But they look better with Jota.”
Liverpool looked better with Jota
Jota really looked determined to make up for lost time with his performance. And it seemed to benefit Salah and Luis Diaz having the 25-year-old alongside them.
That understanding with Nunez will come. The striker so nearly proved to be the hero when he came on. And Salah was quick to put an arm around him when he put a great chance wide.
Certainly, it is much too soon to write Nunez off. And it is probably harsh to make too much of how much better they looked with Jota on the pitch.
In time, Nunez will be the star of the show. But there is no doubt that Jota’s return to the starting lineup did provide a big boost.
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