Darwin Nunez is keen to rejoin the Reds’ lineup for Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Prior to the Saturday lunchtime match against Everton, the Liverpool forward will have served his three-game suspension and is eager to get back to his Premier League career.
The Uruguayan has finished the three-game suspension he received after getting sent off against Crystal Palace on his Anfield debut last month for headbutting Palace defender Joachim Andersen.
Nunez missed the home victories over Bournemouth and Newcastle as well as the 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, but he now appears prepared to play for Jurgen Klopp’s team against their regional rivals.
On Friday, Nunez posted a picture of himself working out on Twitter along with the simple message, “Time to go back.”
When the forward made his first two competitive appearances for the team, coming off the bench to score against both Manchester City in the Community Shield and Fulham in the Premier League, Klopp kept a close eye on him at and will be hoping he will continue to have the impact he did.
However, given the recent effect of Roberto Firmino, it’s entirely possible that Klopp decides to start Nunez on the bench once more on Saturday.
The Brazilian scored twice in last weekend’s 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth and provided the first goal for the Reds’ comeback victory over Newcastle in midweek.
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Wild scenes broke out in the Liverpool dugout after Fabio Carvalho’s dramatic victory over the Magpies, as Nunez and other absent Liverpool players enthusiastically joined in the celebration.
While recent loan signing Arthur Melo is anticipated to be available, the young Portuguese player is also vying for a spot in Klopp’s starting lineup after scoring off the bench in his last two games.
Jordan Henderson, the team’s captain, was forced to leave the game against Newcastle due to a hamstring injury, joining the club’s list of injured midfielders.
Curtis Jones, who was not used as a substitute in midweek, might be in line to make his first Premier League appearance of the year.
Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all anticipated to be unavailable, therefore James Milner is a different option to take Henderson’s position.
Arthur claims he is eager to start playing for his new team after completing his loan transfer from Juventus on Thursday.
The 26-year-old told Liverpool’s official website:
“I’m really, really thrilled to be here wearing this fantastic shirt with this iconic badge that means so much in world football. It’s a dream. We spoke with Klopp a lot, and our thoughts and goals jibed well, so I’m confident we made the correct choice. I’m extremely thrilled and motivated to keep playing in a Liverpool jersey and fulfill my dream on the field.“Arthur