Jurgen Klopp believes Darwin Nunez is at his best

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Darwin Nunez is now bolstering his potential with goals after the Uruguay international struck the winning goal in the 1-0 win over West Ham.

The 23-year-old has had an incoherent start to his Anfield career, having only been sent off on his third appearance, but after offering some promising cameos he is now turning them into tangible results.

His goal was his third in as many starts and his first-half performance alone, in which he had five shots, scoring one and hitting the post with another, showed the threat he posed and his night didn’t end until the 57th minute ended prematurely Prevention of injuries.

“It (his goal) is important. He’s scored a couple of times in the last few games now. He’s arrived 100 per cent, even with numbers now, which is fine,” said Klopp, who needs Nunez’ contribution more than ever after losing strikers Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota to longer-term injuries.

“He felt the muscles a little bit at half time but it was all right and after five minutes (the second half) I was just a bit worried about long sprints for him and balls where he stretches his legs.

“I thought, ‘Come on, we can’t take that risk,’ and that’s why we changed. I think we caught it at the right moment.

“Certainly not easy tonight, but we played well enough – and really well at moments. In the end good enough overall to deserve three points.”

Having beaten Manchester City by a similar result on Sunday it was a different performance altogether, but in the middle of a three-game week it was probably understandable.

They were also indebted to goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who saved Jarrod Bowen’s penalty just before half-time.

“I think the first half was a really good first half, with a bad ending for us with the penalty – but then a good ending because Ali was able to save the penalty,” added Klopp.

“It still left a bad taste, like we were lucky, but we weren’t in the first half – we played an exceptional game.

“We played really good football, we created, we scored a wonderful goal, hit the post, Lukasz Fabianski with great saves and big blocks in West Ham’s crucial areas, but we didn’t play that well in the second half , so that’s why the game was opened.

“It’s a very important, tough time for all teams so you have to grind out results and now in three days there’s already the next fight (Nottingham Forest away).”

West Ham manager David Moyes, whose winless streak at Anfield now stretches to 19 games, felt they could have left with a point had it not been for Alisson, who also saved from Gianluca Scamacca five minutes from time.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t get away with something in the end, we had a great chance to do so,” he said.

“We didn’t line up quite right in the first half, got a lot better in the second, but although we didn’t play well in the first half, we were dangerous and had chances.”

Moyes has been without the services of Brazil international Lucas Paqueta, who remains a question for the world following his shoulder injury.

“I can’t give you a time frame for that,” added the Hammers boss.

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