LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 6, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 1 game between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Darwin Nunez doubt emerges as James Milner returns to Liverpool training

James Milner made his return to Liverpool training ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brighton, but doubts have emerged over Darwin Nunez‘s availability.

The Reds will head to Sussex this weekend to take on an upwardly mobile Brighton side, who sit just two points below them in the Premier League table.

Their trip to the Amex comes on the back of another frustrating result against Wolves in the FA Cup, and amid an ongoing injury crisis for Jurgen Klopp.

As Liverpool took to training on Thursday, two days before the game, eight players were absent due to fitness issues while there were concerns over two others.

Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Arthur are long-term absentees along with loanee Marcelo Pitaluga and youngster Kaide Gordon.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino wipes his face with his shirt during a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino, meanwhile, is still not back despite declaring himself fit for the Brentford game on January 2, and Stefan Bajcetic is currently sidelined with a minor injury.

Also not pictured in Liverpool’s session at the AXA Training Centre were Nunez and Curtis Jones, the latter of whom played 45 minutes for the under-21s on Saturday.

According to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, Nunez “has been absent for a number of days with an unspecified issue,” and though it is “not overly serious,” his involvement at the weekend “is in jeopardy.”

If Nunez is not fit, it would pose a big problem for Klopp as he would then be without four of his senior forwards.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 7, 2023: Liverpool's Cody Gakpo during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah has been the only ever-present this season, while Cody Gakpo trained and could make his first Premier League start on Saturday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the most likely starter if Nunez does miss out, while Fabio Carvalho, Ben Doak and birthday boy Melkamu Frauendorf also trained.

Milner made his comeback after three weeks out with a hamstring injury, and will bolster a relatively strong midfield group.

Liverpool squad pictured in training on Thursday

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 11, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (R) and James Milner during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 4 game between Glasgow Rangers FC and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Kelleher, Adrian, Mrozek

Defenders: Konate, Matip, Gomez, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas, Ramsay

Midfielders: Thiago, Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott, Milner, Keita

Forwards: Salah, Gakpo, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carvalho, Doak, Frauendorf