Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was impressed with what was coming off Darwin Nunez’s bench to turn the Community Shield in his favor against Manchester City.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan striker, who could become the club’s record signing if all elements of his £85million summer deal with Benfica were successful, was presented with 30 minutes to go and an impressive cameo. constructed.
He won a late penalty as Mohamed Salah took the Reds 2–1 and then headed home in extra time to secure a 3–1 win at Leicester.
But he also caused some problems to Ederson, involving the City goalkeeper in a challenge that probably would have resulted in a penalty had it not been for an offside flag in his first attack and then a goal-denial to the Brazil international. forced to save.
“It was good, it was really good. It’s clear it will get better with time,” Klopp said.
“We live in a world where everyone is judged at first sight and it is not helpful to anyone but it happens constantly.
“In the first few games (pre-season) we weren’t even close to today’s fitness level and then when he came, we passed each ball to chase him and after the third ball he was hit completely And then everyone used to judge his first touch and things like that.
“It’s just a joke but we have to live with it, he will deal with it brilliantly. We are patient and we know he can do a good job.
“We all know they’re a special species, strikers. The other thing everyone needs[are]a little positive. That means aiming, or target participation.
“I think Darwin would have been fine without scoring third because the penalty was Millie’s cross and his header.
“He had the chance before to do really well, but Ederson responded brilliantly. Target was clearly the icing on the cake, so there was really joy for him.
“You can see in his face, you can see in the faces of all his teammates how happy the boys are for him and it’s a really good sign that he’s with us after that short time.”
Nez’s involvement proved crucial as Liverpool took a deserved 21st-minute lead through a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold, which cut Nathan Acke before going through the far post, giving him a shot after the break. Better judged back by the city.
While £51m signing Erling Haaland did not score, fellow new arrival Julian Alvarez did, forcing home a close try after 70 minutes.
Haaland never had few chances to score, although he seems to forget his late six-yard effort when he hits the crossbar while facing an open goal.
City manager Pep Guardiola’s assessment was, “He had two or three chances in the first half, and one at the end, and always has.”
The Norway international’s dazzling recall of late, said: “He’s strong, the second time he’ll put it in the net. It happened. It’s football. There he was.”
“He had another goal that was denied because the ball was over the line.
“They fought and agitated a lot. It is good for them to see the reality of a new country and a new league.
“He was there but today he didn’t score and another day he will score. He has an incredible quality and he will do it.
“He’s just had two weeks, two weeks and a half, and I’m really comfortable with what I’ve been seeing since he got into this season.
“I’m not worried at all. The reality is we have two or three months ahead. He’s going to help us.”
Later, the Football Association issued a statement after the match erupted at several stages.
“We are aware of incidents during the FA Community Shield where flares were used in the stands,” it read.
“The use of smoke bombs or pyrotechnics in a football stadium is dangerous, illegal, and can have serious consequences.
“We can confirm that we are investigating the matter and will work with relevant authorities, clubs and police to identify the individuals involved and that we will take appropriate action.
“This season, the FA, Premier League and EFL announced new measures and stronger sanctions to combat antisocial and criminal behavior on football fields.
“Premier League and EFL clubs have agreed that those individuals will receive a club ban if their fans are identified using flares at the stadium. We expect the club to investigate these incidents as well and where applicable. will implement the new rules.”