Liverpool’s club-record £85 million signing Darwin Nunez opened his account for his new side by scoring four second-half goals to help the Reds thrash RB Leipzig 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Red Bull Arena.
Nunez, who moved to Anfield from Benfica earlier this summer, started the game on the bench with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp opting to field a strong-looking starting line-up as he continued preparations ahead of the new campaign.
However, after Mohamed Salah had given his team a half-time lead with a well-taken early finish, it became the Nunez show after the interval, with the Uruguay striker netting a 20-minute hat-trick, before rounding off a memorable game with a last-minute goal as the visitors cruised to a comfortable victory.
With the new Premier League season now just over a fortnight away and a showdown with champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on the horizon, Klopp started with what could be considered his first-choice XI in Germany and it paid dividends as his players produced a polished display.
With fitness levels improving with each outing, this looked more like the Liverpool team we saw in their record-breaking campaign last season than the side that were humbled 4-0 by rivals Manchester United in Bangkok ten days ago.
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