Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool star Darwin Nunez is ‘in contention’ to play against Chelsea on Saturday
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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool star Darwin Nunez is ‘in contention’ to play against Chelsea on Saturday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed striker Darwin Nunez is ‘in contention’ to play against Chelsea on Saturday.

Speaking in his post-match press conference after the Reds advanced into the fourth round of the FA Cup, the Merseyside boss revealed the 23-year-old will return to training on Wednesday or Thursday.

Subsequently, he hopes the Uruguayan will feature against Graham Potter’s side this weekend.

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“I hope Darwin is back in training tomorrow or Thursday, so he might be in contention for Saturday,” said Klopp.

Nunez was suffering from a muscle injury, which kept him from playing against Brighton in the Premier League and Wolves in the third-round replay of the FA Cup.

Nunez could play against Chelsea

This will come as a huge boost to Klopp and Liverpool.

In the last two matches, new signing Cody Gakpo has been played out of position up-front.

Although he has been decent since coming into the side, it hasn’t been the best time for the Dutchman to be thrown into the deep end.

Therefore, Nunez’s return at striker will allow the 23-year-old to play in his natural position on the left wing.

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The Uruguay international has suffered criticism for a number of missed chances in recent weeks, but these calls have always been unfair; he creates far more opportunities than he actually misses.

With confidence behind him, Nunez will be extremely clinical for Liverpool.

He already causes mayhem for Premier League defences, so when he gains more composure in front of goal, he will tear the top-flight up.

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