John Barnes explains the key difference between two Liverpool strikers after wonder goal
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Liverpool edged out Bournemouth 2-1 in the EFL Cup to advance to the quarter-finals where they will face West Ham at Anfield thanks to a late Nunez strike from distance.
Gakpo had netted earlier in the game to give them the lead with an instinctive finish and both moments showed the difference between the two forwards who are battling for that starting role.
“Gakpo is more of a Roberto Firmino type of player. He’ll drop off in the pockets, turn and play the ball in for the other attackers.”
“The others are runners without the ball. Diaz does dribble a lot but he also makes runs from the wide position.”
“Salah, Jota, Nunez aren’t the false nine types. Gakpo provides creativity from the central position which is a good option to have when Liverpool want to attack in a different manner.”
Nunez produced a stunning strike last night against Bournemouth on the counter attack as he showed once again the quality that he can deliver. So far this season, he’s been in great form and is showing a confidence that was missing last year.
It’s now seven goals and five assists in 14 games for the Uruguayan and he is currently averaging a goal contribution every 56 minutes - a record that is currently bettering Mohamed Salah.
Barnes believes he can be the difference maker, as he was last night: “If he scores 15 goals and we win the league I’ll be happy.” He claimed.
“I want him to help us win football matches and with his effort, determination and hard work has been very good.
“Last year he was in an inconsistent team so he was inconsistent and even then he still gave 100% effort and he gave us his all. This year he’s bearing the fruits of that. He can help us to win football matches.”