Last night’s Champions League quarter-final between Liverpool and Benfica saw Newcastle United-linked Darwin Nunez get in the scoresheet once again.
The Uruguayan goal machine was on target in the 3-3 draw at Anfield.
Nunez scored Benfica’s equalising goal on the night.
There were early signs that Nunez was up for the game when he found the net when Benfica were 1-0 down. He collected a through ball and chipped the ball over Alisson beautifully with his weak foot. But replays showed he was marginally offside.
He did strike around 10 minutes from the end though, latching onto a lofted through ball which Joao Mario had failed to control.
The 22-year-old opened his body and finished first-time into the far corner with his right foot, lifting the ball over Alisson.
Moments later, Nunez almost scored again, firing in a brilliant volley to force Alisson into a save.
And after that, Nunez scored a tap in, but saw it ruled out by VAR for offside again.
It was a really impressive performance from a man that many people are talking about at the moment.
He is hugely coveted, and Newcastle are said to be one of many clubs on his tail. The Magpies are reported to have scouted him ‘extensively’.
But after such a display, the Magpies will definitely have their work cut out to sign him this summer.
Newcastle have a huge task convincing Darwin Nunez to join
Nunez, now up to 32 goals for 2021/22, really is the real deal.
The youngster is an unbelievably composed finisher, and takes up some fantastic positions in the penalty area.
It is easy to see why many teams are after him.
He is ready to make a move to a big club (Fabrizio Romano), and it might simply be a bit too soon for Newcastle.
Nunez has more than shown he’s already a Champions League-quality player. There is every chance he’ll be looking to join a club that is playing in that competition next season.
Newcastle can of course throw a lot of money at it. But that just might not be enough.