The beginning of Darwin Nunez’s life at Liverpool was not the easiest, but the statistics of his recent good form show that he is really starting to work for the Reds.
The Uruguayan entered the World Cup with an excellent double in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton last Saturday.
Those goals have allowed Nunes to score up to nine goals in 10 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team this season, with seven in his last 10 games in all competitions.
Delve into his recent performances, and Nunez’s latest numbers show that there is every chance that the striker can be even more effective in the second half of the season.
Erling Haaland was the Premier League striker on everyone’s lips, he has already scored an impressive 23 goals in all competitions this season.
But if you look at his basic figures compared to those of Nunez, you can see that the Liverpool striker compares favorably with the Norwegian.
For 90 minutes in all competitions, Nunes leads in expected assists, expected number of goals, percentage of assists in the last third, created moments, shots, shots on target, aerial duels and ball rebounds.
Nunez vs. Haaland
xA – 🇺🇾 0.21 / 0.15
xG – 🇺🇾 1.12 / 1.05
Pass % in the final 3rd -🇺🇾 76% / 74%
Chances created – 🇺🇾 1.53 / 1.26
Shots – 🇺🇾 5.67 / 4.57
Shots on target – 🇺🇾 2.65 / 2.51
Aerial % – 🇺🇾 44% / 39%
Ball recoveries – 🇺🇾 3.15 / 0.19
(All Comps, Per 90)
— CF Comps (@CF_Compss) November 12, 2022
Although Nunez still has a lot to do to catch up with Holand in terms of goals, these figures give Klopp and his coaching staff every reason to be very excited about what will happen to the ex-Benfica striker.
Nunes is also the only Premier League player besides Holand who has averaged more than 1.0 goals and assists in 90 minutes this season and more than 1.0 expected goals and expected assists in 90 minutes.
There are two players in the Premier League averaging more than 1.0 goals+assists per 90 minutes *and* more than 1.0 expected goals+expected assists per 90 minutes:
— Ryan O'Hanlon (@rwohan) November 13, 2022
A look at the players (who have played more than 500 minutes) with the best minutes-per-goal ratio for Premier League clubs in all competitions this season also shows that Nunes is ahead of Holand.
All these figures point to a much higher number of goals when Nunes plays a permanent starting role in the Liverpool team.
Best mins-per-goal/assist for Premier League clubs in all comps this season (500+ mins):
53 – Erling Haaland
86 – Darwin Núñez
91 – Rodrigo
93 – Mo Salah
98 – Ivan Toney
98 – Kevin De Bruyne
99 – Julián Álvarez
99 – Callum Wilson
103 – James Maddison
106 – Roberto Firmino
— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) November 13, 2022
Suspension for three games in the first weeks of the season, physical fitness problems and Liverpool’s general struggle for form did not make his first few months at Anfield the easiest.
But the fact that, despite all this, he scored such impressive numbers shows that Liverpool really has a special talent.