was substituted after scoring Liverpool’s lone goal against West Ham at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp has explained. The striker from Uruguay helped the Reds defeat the Hammers in a Premier League match on Merseyside by scoring his fifth goal for the club. Nunez is now playing on home soil after facing numerous objections to his ability to live up to a £64 million ($75 million) price tag, but the 23-year-old is still seen to be developing his match fitness and mental acuity after starting just four games in the top flight.
When asked by the media why Nunez was replaced against West Ham after less than an hour, Klopp responded, At halftime, he felt some soreness in his muscles, but everything was good. After five minutes [in the second half], I began to worry a little bit about him doing lengthy sprints and playing balls where he extends his legs. We changed because I said, Come on, we can’t take that risk. The two other alterations also came about because West Ham is a team that also excels at set pieces, so we needed to make sure we had enough players who could handle that.
Finally, after two more changes, we had it under our control once more. In response to a direct question about Nunez’s fitness, Klopp added, No, no, no. I believe we were there at the perfect time. Nunez is getting up to speed at Liverpool, where the Reds are confident that the large investment they made in him will pay off immediately.
With 20 of those victories being at Anfield, Liverpool has defeated West Ham 33 times in the Premier League, which is their most victories against a single opponent. In fact, the Reds have gone 29 games in the Premier League without suffering a loss at home (W22 D7). Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Nottingham Forest, where they currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League rankings.
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