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‘Doesn’t need to do that’: Steve McManaman left baffled by what 23-year-old Liverpool man did in final moments v Ajax
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‘Doesn’t need to do that’: Steve McManaman left baffled by what 23-year-old Liverpool man did in final moments v Ajax

BT Sport commentator Steve McManaman was left baffled by what Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez did in the final moments against Ajax last night. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over the Eredivisie outfit at Anfield. 

It was a much improved display from the Reds after being thrashed 4-1 by Napoli last week. 

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip secured a crucial three points but McManaman criticised Nunez in the final moments of the game. 

Matip’s late header in the 89th minute had put Liverpool 2-1 to the good after an earlier thunderbolt from Mohammed Kudus. 

And McManaman could not understand why Nunez attempted a cross as Liverpool were trying to see out the game. 

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McManaman baffled by what Nunez did  

In the 93rd minute of the game Liverpool broke up the pitch as James Milner played Nunez down the line.

The 23-year-old then tried to find a teammate in the box but McManaman felt he should have shown a bit more gamesmanship. 

“[He] doesn’t need to do that. He just needs to go to the corner flag!” McManaman said on BT Sport

Of course, it did not matter in the end as Klopp’s men managed to see out an important win. 

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McManaman also criticised Nunez in the second-half for giving away a needless foul as Liverpool were pushing for a winner. 

The former Benfica man arrived for a huge fee this summer and has had a mixed start to his Liverpool career. 

The striker was brought on for Diogo Jota in the 67th minute and certainly made an impact on the game. 

He could have scored too but he dragged a good chance wide. The Uruguayan put in another mixed display last night as his touch looked slightly off, but he clearly caused the Ajax defence some problems. 

There’s no doubt that Nunez will continue to improve under Klopp and he will have to fine-tune some areas of his game to become a mainstay in the Liverpool side.

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