Darwin Nunez Back in Training: A Silver Lining for Liverpool
As Liverpool eyes its season finale against Southampton, a sparkle of hope shone on the pitch of the AXA Training Centre. Darwin Nunez, Liverpool’s No. 27, reappeared for training on Tuesday afternoon, igniting a flicker of optimism amongst the Reds.
Nunez: Bouncing Back from the Injury Woes
In what’s been a turbulent debut season marked by multiple injuries, Nunez’s resilience has not gone unnoticed. Despite nursing six different injuries throughout the season, the Uruguayan talisman has made an impressive mark, netting 15 goals in 42 appearances for a squad that has, at times, been floundering.
According to Jurgen Klopp, the most recent setback was a “very painful” inflammation of the tendon in Nunez’s toe. This injury had kept him sidelined for the previous two fixtures, but a Tuesday training session featuring light drills and ball work suggested he might just be fit in time for the crucial face-off on Sunday.
Post a spirited Sunday squad party to honour Roberto Firmino, the Reds switched gears swiftly, returning to the AXA Training Centre to gear up for their upcoming battle at St. Mary’s.
The absence of Nat Phillips, Thiago, Naby Keita, Stefan Bajcetic and Calvin Ramsay, all sidelined with long-term injuries, still hangs like a shadow over the squad. However, no new injuries have emerged, as confirmed by the under-21s’ coach Barry Lewtas, who was present at the training session.
Klopp’s Strategy and the Final Push
Despite Sunday’s match having little bearing on the league standings, Klopp will likely field his strongest XI. A victory would inject positivity into the team’s veins, a much-needed tonic heading into a bustling summer transfer window.
Moreover, the allure of Premier League prize money continues to hover. A fifth-place finish instead of a sixth would land Liverpool a cool £2 million more – a small but not insignificant incentive for a strong finish to the season.