Liverpool news: Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho’s debut roles as “not nice” admission made

Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho both made their Liverpool debuts in the disappointing 4-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday.

Jadon Sancho, Fred and Anthony Martial scored in a whirlwind first half at the Rajamangala Stadium in Thailand, where Facundo Pellistri wrapped up victory in the Bangkok Century Cup. It was an opportunity for Reds fans to see their high-profile summer signings in action for the first time.

Both players were deployed in slightly unfamiliar roles – and both came close to scoring for their new side. But following the defeat Carvalho admitted his first Liverpool appearance had been “not nice”.

And Jurgen Klopp’s gamble to hand game time to a number of young stars failed to pay off.

Here are Mirror Football’s latest Liverpool headlines.

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Fabio Carvalho was one of several Liverpool players to get their debut against Manchester United
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New stars make debuts

Liverpool’s highest-profile summer signings made their first appearances for the club as both Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez got vital pre-season minutes against Manchester United.

Carvalho thrived at Fulham predominantly playing as a number ten in a 4-2-3-1 but took up a no.8 role against United. Carvalho got off to a bright start for his new side, and was unlucky not to score when he struck the inside of the post in the 16th minute. Nunez was deployed as Liverpool’s No.9 as he offered a very different focal point to fellow Reds forward Roberto Firmino.

Nunez had a great chance to open his account for the Reds with four minutes remaining when the ball landed at his feet seven yards out – only for him to fire his effort well over the bar.

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Carvalho admits to “not nice” debut

Fabio Carvalho has stated that his Liverpool debut was “not nice” after his new side were humiliated by Manchester United.

The Reds fell to a thumping 4-0 defeat in Bangkok with Carvalho getting on the pitch for his new club for the very first time. While it was clearly a special occasion for Carvalho, he admitted to being disappointed with the way things went.

Admitting it had been “bittersweet” Carvalho admitted, “it’s not nice to get beat”. But in an intriguing insight into the new Liverpool player’s mentality, he says he’ll now head into the next game being “sure I’ll score”.

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Klopp’s gamble doesn’t pay off

Jurgen Klopp ended Tuesday as one of Liverpool’s big losers after his tactical gamble against Manchester United failed to pay off.

Isaac Mabaya, Fabio Carvalho, Thomas Hill, Leighton Clarkson, James Norris, Fabian Mrozek and Melkamu Frauendorf were all handed their debuts as a number of young Reds players were given a chance to impress. With the Reds ending the day on the wrong side of a 4-0 defeat though, Klopp may well have got the call wrong.

Joe Gomez also failed to take his opportunity having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, but Colombian forward Luis Diaz showed he’s ready to continue the impressive start he’s already made for the club.

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