Darwin Nunez missed training yesterday as Liverpool ramped up preparations for their trip to Nottingham Forest.
The Reds are back in action quickly, having beaten West Ham United on Wednesday evening. Given that they kick-off on Saturday lunchtime, there isn’t much turnaround between the games.
As a result, the Liverpool news report that Nunez was given the day off from training yesterday. In fact, they claim that the ‘vast majority’ of those who played on Wednesday were given a recovery day on Thursday.
Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino are all namechecked as being absent.
However, Mohamed Salah did saddle up for the session, which would suggest the decision wasn’t a one-size fits all scenario.
Liverpool go again in Nottingham
This would look like a wise decision from Klopp ahead of another tough game tomorrow. On paper, Liverpool should win comfortably at the City Ground. But that’s unlikely to be the case.
Owing to the kick-off time, the Reds may legitimately feel a little unprepared for this one.
Klopp is a very vocal critic of teams playing on a Saturday lunchtime after playing on a Wednesday evening. Forest themselves have had an extra day’s rest having drawn 0-0 with Brighton on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, Liverpool will be strong favourites. Forest remain at the bottom of the table with just six points from their first 11 games.
The Reds on the other hand have won back-to-back games and look a little more like the team that went so close to a quadruple last season.
On their way to that goal, Forest were one of the teams trying to stop them. But Liverpool travelled to Nottingham in the FA Cup quarter-final full of confidence, beating Steve Cooper’s in-form side 1-0.
A repeat of that would be very welcome tomorrow. With the four teams directly above Liverpool all playing each other this weekend, it’s a chance for the Reds to make up some ground.
Whether or not Nunez will be involved from the start is likely to be a late call from Klopp. The Uruguayan is in great form right now but did have an injury scare of his own midweek. No risks should be taken with another Wednesday game next week, but Liverpool need the points here.