Klopp opens Up on Nunez’s availability against Real Madrid amid injury concerns

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The club-record signing is still getting used to wearing the red and white of Liverpool and scored in Saturday’s crucial 2-0 victory over Newcastle after providing an assist in their previous 2-0 triumph over Everton. 

Nunez only played 59 minutes at St. James’ Park because of a shoulder injury, and Liverpool are concerned about his fitness.

“The bad news [is] Darwin has something on his shoulder,” Klopp explained.

“We will see. In that situation I don’t know what [the referee] whistled there against him, to be honest. In the end, he had to go off with a shoulder issue. We need further assessment. I don’t know in the moment. In the moment is it painful, but hopefully it’s just painful and not more.”

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Nunez has 11 goals for Liverpool this season across all competitions. The 23-year-old will be far from the 34 goals he scored for Benfica last season, but he has performed far better in the Champions League, indicating that he still prefers the more technical style of European game. 

Prior to the World Cup, Nunez scored in three straight Champions League group stage matches against Rangers, Ajax, and Napoli. 

Against Newcastle, Roberto Firmino took the Uruguayan’s position, and if Nunez isn’t fit by Tuesday night, the seasoned Brazilian will probably start against Real. Cody Gakpo, who has primarily been used centrally since joining last month, might perhaps be moved to the left.

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