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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he struggled like Darwin Nunez and compares Liverpool star to ‘young Luis Suarez’ and Alexis Sanchez


Thierry Henry has praised Darwin Nunez after his goalscoring cameo against Napoli, comparing him to Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez.

The 23-year-old was named on the bench for the Reds’ 2-0 win over the Serie A leaders on Tuesday night.

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Nunez entered the fray in the 73rd minute with a scoreless game. He then scored in the dying moments of the game

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he struggled like Darwin Nunez and compares Liverpool star to ‘young Luis Suarez’ and Alexis Sanchez

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Henry says the 23-year-old reminds him of Alexis Sanches and a young Luis Suarez

Entering the game in the 73rd minute, the Uruguay international proved to be a handful for Luciano Spalletti’s side, forcing an error from goalkeeper Alex Meret as Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

Nunez was then on target in stoppage time, firing home on the goal line after Virgil van Dijk’s header was initially saved by Meret.

Following his £64million move from Benfica in the summer, the striker has struggled to adjust to life in England so far but is starting to find his feet.

Nunez has since scored five goals in seven appearances, and Henry has praised the Liverpool striker, believing he will end up being a handful of defenders.

“I think he needs confidence,” Henry said while speaking. CBS Sports.

“The confidence I’m talking about is when you’re at a club and you feel like you’re going to play week after week. You’re a bit colder in front of goal.


“Because he wants to please so much, and do so much, and wow the Liverpool fans, he rushes in.

“He collects the ball and rushes it instead of controlling the ball and getting back on his right foot or finishing it clear.

” I have been there. When you arrive, big signing, you come after Sadio Mane, it’s not easy to do, and sometimes you overdo it instead of being calm and cool.

Henry added: “He’s more the kind of guy [that] when he gets one [goal] things will come. Is he a finisher like Robbie Fowler? I don’t think he’s a finisher like Robbie Fowler.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he struggled like Darwin Nunez and compares Liverpool star to ‘young Luis Suarez’ and Alexis Sanchez

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Former Arsenal striker Sanchez has been compared to Nunez by Henry

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he struggled like Darwin Nunez and compares Liverpool star to ‘young Luis Suarez’ and Alexis Sanchez

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Nunez’s compatriot Suarez is another player he’s been compared to

“Not many people were like Robbie Fowler, honestly. But he’s got goals in him, it’s a bit more of a handful. Kind of like Alexis Sanchez or a young Luis Suarez, where it felt like things bounced off him.

“When you start to master what you’re good at, you can control it better, and when that happens to him, I think he can be a handful.

“This Liverpool team is a bit different because the team waits, you play in the final third and he has to adapt to that. Which is not easy.

Nunez now has six goals in 13 games for the Reds and will be looking to continue his goalscoring form before the season comes to a temporary end for the World Cup.

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