Darwin Nunez was back in Liverpool training today just days after his reckless sending off against Crystal Palace.
The Uruguayan saw red as he headbutted Palace defender Joachim Andersen at Anfield on Monday. It was a disastrous home debut for Liverpool’s big signing of the summer.
Nevertheless, Nunez looked happy as he trained at the AXA Training Centre on Thursday.
Spotted with a big grin on his face, he and Virgil Van Dijk were obviously seeing the funny side of something. Good to see Nunez out on the pitch again with a smile on his face. Hopefully he can learn from Monday’s incident and it will never happen again.
Firmino eases forward worries
While it was nice to see Nunez, it must be remembered that he won’t be playing for a little while.
Instead, Liverpool are going to have to count on the mercurial talents of Roberto Firmino. Bobby missed the game on Monday with an unspecified knock.
Nunez’s sending off suddenly put pressure on the Brazilian to be ready in time for the trip to Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp had been insistent that his no.9 would be ready, and judging by today’s pictures, it looks like he will be.
Alongside Firmino at Old Trafford will surely be Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah. Fresh from his wonder-goal on Monday, Diaz geared up to do more damage next week.
More of the same please, Lucho!
Keita trains despite uncertainty
As well as troubles putting together a senior forward line, Liverpool also still have some worries in midfield.
Without Thiago Alcantara, the middle of the pitch looks a little short of quality. Throw into that injuries to Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well a knock to Jordan Henderson, and Liverpool are already sweating.
The last thing we needed then, was speculation over the future of one of the midfield pack. But that’s exactly what we’ve got with Naby Keita.
The 27-year-old has come in for intense speculation over his future since last night. Keita is reportedly unhappy with his playing time at Anfield and could still be sold in the next two weeks.
Regardless, it was good to see him back at the AXA this afternoon. Having sat out the first two Premier League games of the season, a good few days in training could see him back in the line-up at Old Trafford.
Last season in Manchester was arguably Keita’s best game for the club. His goal and assist as Liverpool won 5-0 in Salford will live long in the memory.
A similar performance this time around, and he’ll surely persuade Liverpool to finally get his contract extension done.