Darwin Nunez’s heroics propel 10-man Liverpool against Newcastle

Darwin Nunez emerged as the savior for a 10-man Liverpool side against Newcastle, delivering two remarkable goals after being brought on as a second-half substitute by Jurgen Klopp.

In the 25th minute, the Reds found themselves trailing 1-0 after Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was fortunate to remain on the field, mishandled the ball, enabling former Liverpool academy player Anthony Gordon to find the net.

The situation deteriorated for Jurgen Klopp’s team just moments later, with captain Virgil van Dijk being shown a red card for his challenge on Alexander Isak while attempting to reach the ball.

Referee John Brooks felt it was a denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity and sent off the Dutchman, who was absolutely incensed.

It looked like it could be a very difficult day at the office for Liverpool but they stayed in the game and pulled level in the 81st minute when Nunez capitalised on an error from Sven Botman.

The Uruguayan, now wearing the No.9 shirt at Anfield following on from Roberto Firmino’s departure, is yet to start a Premier League game this term.

But he might just have played his way into the side courtesy of his heroics at St James’ Park. After he levelled matters with a clinical finish into the far corner in the 81st minute, Nunez went one better and notched a winner in stoppage time after being played in behind by Mo Salah.

Both finishes were the type of chances that the former Benfica man snatched at on a regular basis last season, but he was so calm in the big moments.

Given the circumstances it could be a massive win for Liverpool come the end of the season.

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