Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be without both Darwin Nunez and Thiago Alcantara for Saturday’s clash with Nottingham Forest, but the pair are likely to return to face Ajax.
The Uruguayan striker, signed from Benfica in the summer for £85million, scored the winning goal against West Ham on Wednesday but was withdrawn just before the hour mark.
Klopp afterwards confirmed that Nunez “felt something” and needed to be examined by the club’s medical team as Saturday’s lunchtime trip to the city ground came too early.
Midfielder Thiago not only falls out without the striker, but also falls out with a ringing in his ears and only falls out in the early hours of the morning.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of kick-off, Klopp said of his missing stars: “No [it’s not precautionary], I wish I could do that. For Darwin, the game comes too soon.
“He feels the intensity of the game [against West Ham] muscular, so he didn’t stand a chance today. Maybe tomorrow or Monday, but not today.
“And Thiago contracted a bad ear infection overnight. The decision was made at 5.15 this morning, that’s how it is sometimes and that’s why.’
In the absence of Nunez and Thiago, Klopp has made five changes from the team that beat West Ham, with James Milner and Andy Robertson coming into defense and Harvey Elliott, Fabinho and Curtis Jones all returning in midfield.
On his rotated line-up, Klopp continued: “When everyone can play regularly it makes a huge difference to be honest then you can make changes at the right moment.
“It’s a problem for us that we have players coming back from injuries in a week like this. Three games in six days, that’s just super intense.
“You have to take all sorts of things into account here, and we do that. A problem is only a problem until you find a solution and we have found a solution. I’m really happy with it and now let’s go from here, this is going to be an intense game.
“I think it’s four or five changes from the last game. Fresh legs are in and we have to use them, we have to be super intense in a fantastic atmosphere that I’ve only experienced once, but it was super good. So I’m really looking forward to it.”
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