Darwin Nunez silenced West Ham fans’ Andy Carroll-themed chants with a brilliant header in front of the away end to secure a 1-0 win for Liverpool at Anfield.
The big summer signing guided in a superb Kostas Tsimikas cross in the 22nd minute to open the scoring in the Premier League clash, and nearly had a brace minutes later.
That came as bad news for the travelling Hammers who had begun the game singing about the much-maligned striker.
In a chant related to a frontman who played for both sides, the supporters sang ‘You’re just a s*** Andy Carroll!’
Minutes later though, Nunez was celebrating in front of them after scoring the most Carroll-like goal you could have asked for.
And it turned out to be the only real moment of quality during the game, with Liverpool holding onto the three points by the skin of their teeth.
West Ham had a penalty just before half-time when Joe Gomez barged over England teammate Jarrod Bowen as Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate watched on.
Bowen then dented his own chances of a spot at the World Cup by seeing his spot-kick saved by Alisson Becker.
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That wasn’t even the best chance the Hammers had though, with Thomas Soucek having a late effort even clearer than a penalty.
The ball fell to the Czech midfielder late on with a gaping net, but he somehow saw it deflected by James Milner and off Alisson and wide.
That 86th minute chance left David Moyes on his knees and ensured that Nunez was the hero after a standing ovation upon his second half substitution.
Signed from Benfica during the summer for an initial £64million that could rise to £84m, the No.27 hasn’t quite hit the floor running at Anfield.
Outside of fluffing a number of chances, particularly against Manchester City last time out, Nunez spent three games banned the sidelines following a headbutt in a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace in August.
But he still has a decent return of five goals and an assist in 11 games – only six short of Carroll’s career total at Anfield.
Carroll, who currently plays for Reading in the Championship, was a £35m deadline day signing from Newcastle by the Reds in 2010, but had a disastrous spell at the club.
He later left for West Ham in 2012 – a side he made more appearances for than any other in his injury-plagued career.
However, despite the difference in class, Nunez’s height and haircut do still show a passing resemblance to Carroll, even if they look destined for very different careers.
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