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Darwin Nunez sends four-word message after helping Liverpool beat Man City

Liverpool's summer signing made an instant impact as he won a penalty and scored during the 3-1 Community Shield win over Man City.

Darwin Nunez, a Liverpool striker, took to social media to express his delight at opening his account for the club during their Community Shield victory over rivals Manchester City.

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The Uruguayan was named as a substitute for the season opener on Saturday evening, when Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring with a curling effort in the first half. Nunez came on shortly before the hour mark, but Pep Guardiola’s team responded through Julian Alvarez.

Jurgen Klopp noted in his pre-match interview that the 23-year-old would feature and when he did he had an immediate impact, going close with a one-on-one which was well-saved by Ederson. But after combining with Mohamed Salah, his header was diverted off target by the hand of Ruben Dias and after consultation with the VAR monitor, the Reds were awarded a penalty.

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The Egyptian King duly delivered from 12 yards. And after seven minutes of stoppage time was added on, Andy Robertson’s cut-back was met by the diving forward to send the adoring Liverpool fans into raptures as they sealed their first piece of silverware of the season and a first Community Shield win for the German manager.

Taking to social media, Nunez posted a number of tweets and Instagram messages. He tweeted: “Give me that shield,” before following it up with: “First official goal at LFC and the first trophy.”

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The former Benfica striker took flak during pre-season as his displays went under the microscope. He followed it up with a quadruple against RB Leipzig but the critics soon swarmed again as Liverpool slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Austria against RB Salzburg – but his reaction to opening his account for the club said it all.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was impressed by the impact Darwin Nunez had coming off the bench to turn the Community Shield in his side’s favour against Manchester City.

The 23-year-old Uruguay striker, who could become the club’s record signing if all the elements of his £85million summer deal with Benfica come to fruition, was introduced with 30 minutes to go and produced an impressive cameo.

He won the late penalty from which Mohamed Salah put the Reds 2-1 up and then stooped to head home in added time to seal a 3-1 win in Leicester.

But he also caused Ederson a few problems, drawing the City goalkeeper into a challenge which would probably have resulted in a penalty were it not for an offside flag in his very first attack and then forcing the Brazil international into a goal-denying save.

“It was good, it was really good. It is clear it will get better with time,” said Klopp.

“We live in a world where everybody gets judged on first sight and that’s not helpful for anybody but it happens constantly.

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