Darwin Nunez has been compared to former Marcus Rashford due to his poor finishing as the Liverpool striker continues to struggle in front of goal.
Signed on a record-breaking deal with the club last summer in a deal worth £85million, the 23-year-old has scored just five Premier League goals in 15 appearances.
And he blanked again in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Wolves, where he squandered a key opportunity to put his side back in the game.
The Uruguay international ran flawlessly towards goal but slammed his effort straight into Jose Sa as he failed to halve the deficit to 2-1.
Nunez is yet to score in the top flight since the World Cup break, with talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino warning the player he won’t ‘survive’ Anfield if he continues to miss.
The former Chelsea centre-forward thinks Nunez’s finishing is similar to how Rashford took chances a few years ago.
But the Manchester United man is now one of the division’s deadliest finishers with six goals in his last seven games.
Speaking at the weekend’s Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said: “Now I know Nunez has come in, and he could possibly be a really good striker.
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“He keeps getting into one-on-one situations and exploding them. Liverpool had an amazing striker called Ian Rush, who had loads and loads of one-on-ones.
“He was very precise in his finishing, Nunez is not for me at the moment.
“He wants to blow everything up – it’s good if they come in, but often it hits the keeper.
“Now finishing is a really tough skill, and he has to learn it. I’ve seen Marcus Rashford change as a player in front of goal.
“I remember writing an article about four years ago about Marcus Rashford and he reminded me of Nunez, because of the way he was breaking free, taking positions, but not being clinical.
“And if you’re going to be at a top club and not be clinical, you’ll be gone and you won’t survive.
“And he is [Rashford] become much more clinical this season.
“Nunez needs to get to that stage of being clinical when he comes one-on-one, but that’s one of the many issues.”
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