RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool result: Darwin Nunez bags four goals in 5-0 thrashing
Darwin Nunez's four second-half goals propelled Liverpool to a dominant 5-0 preseason win away at Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig.
Mo Salah's early strike rewarded a positive start for Jurgen Klopp's side at the Red Bull Arena as they gear up for the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.
Despite the hosts showing some signs of life either side of the restart, substitute Nunez ran riot in the second 45 minutes to silence his recent doubters.
A powerful penalty was followed up by two composed finishes inside the box before the former Benfica hitman ruthlessly buried Fabio Carvalho's pass to round out his four-goal haul.
Klopp has offered short and sharp responses when questioned about both Liverpool and Nunez's preseason form in recent weeks.
The Liverpool manager was unconcerned by their loss to Manchester United, and he rubbished criticism of Nunez, following a few high-profile misses against the Red Devils.
Nunez's confidence never looked in danger of dipping, with Klopp hailing his ability to ignore the noise, in a praise-filled post-match interview.
Expectation management in preseason is vital, but the assured nature of Nunez's four goals will have Liverpool fans salivating for his Premier League bow, and Klopp is prepared to throw him into the deep end of English football next month.
Salah has history in his sights in 2022/23 after signing a new contract at Anfield on the back of another 20+ goal season in 2021/22.