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Danny Murphy raves about Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez

Liverpool produced a vintage second-half performance against Manchester City as they earned a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday (10 March) in the Premier League. 

The Reds have moved to second in the league, sharing the same points with Arsenal. Manchester City are third in the table with one point behind both of them.

John Stones gave City the lead in the first half after scoring from close range from a clever corner taken by Kevin de Bruyne. Liverpool responded strongly and a moment of madness from Ederson resulted in a penalty. Alexis Mac Allister made no mistake from the spot.

Danny Murphy on BBC Match of the Day 2 was left heavily impressed by the performance of Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez. The 24-year-old forward was heavily involved in Liverpool’s overall attacking player and sensed the danger after Nathan Ake played out a back-pass, that resulted in the penalty.

He provided another brilliant pass for Luis Diaz who couldn’t score from close range. Nunez was also inches away from scoring after meeting a delicious cross from Andy Robertson. Murphy has hailed his performance as “phenomenal”.

“That goal [Nunez’s effort saved by the goalie] would have been the icing on the cake for him,” said Murphy while watching footage on Match of the Day 2.

“His performance for Liverpool today, leading the line, against a really good City side is phenomenal, in every aspect.”

Darwin Nunez has been superb for Liverpool

Murphy is absolutely spot on here. Nunez hasn’t got the goal but he was heavily involved in Liverpool’s overall play, and that is why he is such an “outstanding” player.

Nunez has scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season and has provided seven assists. He has also scored six goals in different cup competitions this season for the Reds, but he brings a lot more to the table, with his energy, link-up play, defensive shifts and clever movements.

In the end, it looks like a fair result although the Reds will feel that they should have got a penalty in the end. Jurgen Klopp wasn’t happy with the decision and said it was a stonewall penalty, and Murphy agrees that as well.

Liverpool are expected to become even stronger when some of their key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones and Alisson return after the international break. Klopp has done a terrific job with a depleted squad so far, but with key players returning at the pivotal time, the Reds will feel they have got a genuine chance here of winning the title.

This is turning out to be a fascinating title race and there could be lots of twists and turns in the remaining ten games.

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