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Liverpool: Darwin Nunez mocked on social media after he nearly hit CORNER FLAG in Uruguay training

Darwin Nunez has been ridiculed online for a wild shot that almost hit the corner flag in Uruguay training.

The 23-year-old striker, who joined Liverpool this summer from Benfica for £85million, is away with his country on international duty.

And Nunez continued his mediocre start to the season with a wayward effort which flew miles off target, leading fans to take to social media to mock the forward.

Nunez has struggled to settle at Anfield, scoring just twice in six games while missing several good chances and getting a red card and subsequent three-game ban for a shocking headbutt against Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen.

Meanwhile Manchester City’s summer signing Erling Haaland, who joined for £51m from Borussia Dortmund, has hit the ground running with 14 goals in 10 games, including 11 in seven Premier League matches.

Many Liverpool fans had compared the pair at the start of the season, insisting their new man would outstrip Haaland, but that has not proved the case so far.

The footage, jokingly set to the Champions League anthem, shows Nunez clatter into a team-mate, fouling him, before he is allowed to continue running towards goal.

Under minimal pressure from any defenders, he then shanked his effort horribly wide, with the goalkeeper forced to sprint away from goal in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the ball.

Nunez then bows his head in frustration – but the TikTok video, already liked more than 125,000 times, attracted plenty of comments from football fans who mocked his shot.

One said: ‘All Liverpool fans worldwide should pick a venue to collectively apologize to the rest of the world for ever comparing this guy to Haaland.’

Another added: ‘That looked harder to do than scoring’, with a third questioning ‘How did he make it pro?’.

One continued: ‘This looks like golf trying to get it to the flag’, while a TikTok user sarcastically posted: ‘What a player’.

A sixth said: ‘He’s a social experiment at this point’, and a football fan added: ‘(Liverpool manager Jurgen) Klopp will come out and tell you it was the wind,’ followed by a wind and two laughing emojis.

Another account posted: ‘It gets to the point where u can’t defend him anymore.’

One said: ‘I’m here to say sorry Andy Carroll for ever comparing you to this guy it was too harsh,’ while a tenth simply concluded: ‘Barca dodged a bullet.’

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