"To be honest" - Sander Westerveld on Darwin Nunez

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has given his verdict on Darwin Nunez's performance against Ajax at Anfield last Tuesday night.

The forward replaced Diogo Jota 66 minutes into the Champions League group stage match. Nunez was lively when he came on. The 23-year-old looked to make things happen.

With that being the case, Westerveld praised Nunez post-game.

“To be honest, he is a player, at the beginning of the season, when he came on for the last half an hour (against Ajax), he made a massive difference," he told Sky Sports, as quoted by Anfield Watch on Twitter.

"I remember the game against Manchester City. In pre-season, he was a different player when he came on than when he started the game, for example. Crystal Palace also.

"If you have a player like that, I tell everyone before the game that ‘I hope he’s on the bench for the last 30 minutes’. Sometimes you have a player, maybe because he’s new and he has to adapt still.

"In those 30 minutes, especially at home, he can go full speed and you can see what a quality player he is. I know they are working on him tactically and physically as well. It’s not easy to play for Liverpool with the physicality and the high press they play.”

Anfield Watch Verdict

Liverpool signed Nunez from Benfica for a transfer fee of £67.50 million earlier summer. The forward has had a reasonable start to his Anfield career.

Nunez has scored two goals and registered one assist in six appearances for the club's first-team.

The exciting thing about the Uruguay international is that he is only 23 years of age. With that being the case, Nunez is far from the finished article.

The talented youngster is contracted until the conclusion of the 2027-28 campaign. We look forward to watching Nunez in the years to come.

We wish him all the best for the remainder of the season.

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