Ahead of Liverpool’s encounter with Brighton, manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning over the deadly duo of Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota.
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Taking to his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash against Roberto De Zerbi-led Brighton, Klopp addressed the Reds’ team availability, after what has been a busy international break for some key players in his squad.
The German boss stated, as per LiverpoolEcho: “Some are still out, doing rehab. Robbo, Curtis, Ox and Naby.
“Luis only landed yesterday morning. I heard he’s good. Darwin, with caution after intense period. Same for Diogo.
“Calvin is training but not ready to play.”
Key goalscoring duo in doubt
Whilst Luis Diaz will most likely start the game, the likes of Nunez and Jota will find themselves as bit-part options for this particular fixture.
It’s been a frustrating start to the season for both players, but Jota more so, having made just three appearances in all competitions this season and playing just ten minutes of Premier League football.
Diaz’s influence in the squad has made up for Sadio Mane’s departure, but his starting role is underlined with even greater pressure as it stands, with Jota still not a consistent option within the Liverpool set-up this season.
Nunez on the other hand got off to a near-perfect start, with his presence in the Premier League felt. A solitary goal and respective assist in three Premier League appearances have been enough for fans to get a glimpse of his sky-high potential, with his sheer presence alone in the final third enough to draw out defenders and create space on the flanks.
Against a Brighton side who are expected to keep their stubborn approach under De Zerbi, the inclusion of a target man like Nunez could have been extremely useful for Klopp, who will be eager to get the Uruguayan back up to speed.
But, after an intense period, both players will struggle to start, which will come as a big blow to Klopp who has not yet had a fully fit squad this season.