Liverpool find themselves short of options up front with two injuries and a suspension, but a “realistic target” for Diogo Jota‘s return could provide a boost.
Jota has been sidelined since the first weeks of pre-season, having suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury during training on the Asia tour.
It has proved a major setback for the Portuguese, who has so far missed five weeks of training and eight games including friendlies, while Jurgen Klopp struggles for options in attack.
Nunez is set to miss upcoming clashes with Man United, Bournemouth and Newcastle, while it is now doubtful whether Klopp will start his No. 27 in the intensity of the Merseyside derby on his return game.
That would suggest involvement with the rest of the squad by the end of the month, but whether or not he will be up to speed in time for the trip to Goodison Park is unclear.
More realistic could be a place on the bench that afternoon, with a gradual buildup of minutes and training time in the following weeks.
There is hope, meanwhile, that Firmino will be available for the meeting with Man United on Monday, with Klopp telling Viaplay after the draw with Palace that the No. 9 “will be fine probably from Wednesday on.”