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Darwin Nunez has already explained why he can bang goals for Uruguay as next Liverpool step clear

Darwin Nunez looks forward during Liverpool vs Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.
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If there is one player that you could pick for Arne Slot to get more out of during his first season at Liverpool, it would probably be Darwin Nunez. The truth is, not much would have to change for the Uruguayan to really explode.

Last season, he got 18 goals in all competitions but only a slight increase in the accuracy in his finishing would have been enough to take the South American close to 30. Just a tiny bit more patience or composure could transform him into a completely different prospect.

There was a clear progression compared to his first campaign at Liverpool having signed from Benfica for what could become a club-record fee, too. Nunez improved, even if there is a lot more to come from the 24-year-old.

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Next season, Liverpool is hoping for more again from the striker and a glimpse of that good form came against Mexico for his national team earlier today. Nunez netted a hat-trick and each of the goals was exactly what Slot will want to see.

From the left and the right, Nunez prodded home from close range three times for Uruguay. He scored the easy chances, which is something that hasn't always been the case at Anfield.

In the Europa League last year, for example, he rounded the goalkeeper only to hit the post. As Ryan Gravenberch scored the rebound and wheeled away in celebration, Nunez was banging his fist against the ground.

For Uruguay, though, Nunez now has eight goals in his last five appearances. He heads into the summer's Copa America in flying form for his nation and its hopes will largely rest on his shoulders. It is a responsibility that he relishes.

"I feel like my home is when I am in the national team," he said, via ESPN, last month. "That's when you get together with your people, you can talk to everyone, and you feel comfortable in the national team.

"My family is close too. Every time I go to the national team, I feel like I am at home. I also like Almeria a lot, there I met the love of my life with whom we formed a very happy family. Every time I go to Almeria I am very happy too."

At Liverpool, it seems that 'home' feeling hasn't quite come yet. That has to be the challenge for Slot and Liverpool next season: ensure that the conditions for the Uruguayan to thrive in are present, as much as possible.

Even a slight alteration could make all the difference. As is the case with his finishing, it wouldn't take much for things to fall into place. Do that, and Liverpool will have a very potent attacking weapon who could quickly build momentum and get on a roll.