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Liverpool fans love Darwin Nunez's gesture to Alisson after Uruguay win over Brazil

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Darwin Nunez and Alisson Becker of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on November 03, 2023 in Kirkby, England.
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With it having a representative in four of the leading squads, it was always likely that Liverpool would finish this summer with a Copa America winner on its roster. The line-up for the semi-finals has been confirmed, with three of the four teams possessing a Reds player.

The first of the ties will see an Argentina side featuring Alexis Mac Allister taking on tournament underdogs Canada. The second semi-final will see Darwin Nunez and Luis Díaz in opposition, with Uruguay facing Colombia.

But what of Brazil? The nine-time champions were knocked out by the Uruguayans on Saturday evening in Paradise, Nevada. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was between the sticks for the Selecao, and although he kept a clean sheet in the match, he was unable to save the day in the penalty shootout following a goalless draw.

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It would have been fascinating to see Alisson face Núñez in such a high-pressure situation, but it was not to be. Nunez was replaced by Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the 78th minute, with the substitute later scoring in the shootout. Jose Maria Gimenez was the only Uruguayan who missed their penalty, whereas Eder Militao and Douglas Luiz, who recently left Aston Villa for Juventus, failed from the spot for Brazil.

The Liverpool forward didn’t test Becker in normal time either. He headed his best chance over the Brazilian crossbar, with it accounting for over half of Uruguay’s expected goals, per Sofascore, in what was a tight contest that was fairly low on chances. Despite their lack of direct competition in the contest, Nunez consoled Allison once the shootout was over, displaying the brotherly bond which exists within the Reds’ squad.

The sight of them sharing a hug will not have surprised Liverpool supporters. The success the club enjoyed under Jurgen Klopp was forged on having a tight-knit group. Despite only being together at Anfield for two seasons, Alisson is the goalkeeper with whom Nunez has made the most appearances across his career, sharing the pitch on 70 occasions.

We will likely see similar scenes after the semi-final between Diaz and Darwin. It should be a close game, with bookmakers slightly favoring Uruguay but not by much. A win over Brazil at any time will be a wonderful confidence boost and that might make the difference. But even in such a moment, it was great to see a jubilant Liverpool player consoling a disappointed one.

Liverpool.com says: There has long been a strong connection among South American players at Liverpool, dating back to the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and Luis Suarez. New head coach Arne Slot was likely heartened to see the scene between Alisson and Nunez. The bond at the club is strong.