Darwin Nunez looks set to be okay to face Real Madrid, but who replaces him if the Liverpool forward isn’t fit to start?
Despite his best efforts to carry on, the Uruguayan was eventually withdrawn from the action, and was spotted with his arm in a sling as Liverpool returned home that night.
The 23-year-old trained as normal on Monday afternoon, which would suggest he is on track to be part of the squad at the very least.
Here, we look at two ways the Reds could line up against Real Madrid – with and without Nunez.
From Jurgen Klopp‘s pre-match press conference and Liverpool’s training session on Monday, we know the following:
- Darwin Nunez has “a chance” of being involved
- The Uruguayan trained as normal on Monday afternoon
- Nat Phillips was the only notable absentee from the session
Liverpool squad in training on Monday
Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas
Midfielders: Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic, Keita, Elliott, Milner, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arthur
Forwards: Salah, Nunez, Gakpo, Jota, Firmino, Carvalho
Liverpool’s XI vs. Real Madrid
Should Nunez get the green light to start against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, there’s every chance Klopp will stick with the same team that won at St James’ Park on Saturday.
If that’s the case, Liverpool would shape up like this:
- Joe Gomez next to Virgil van Dijk again in defence
- Fabinho, Jordan Henderson & Stefan Bajcetic in midfield
- Salah, Nunez & Gakpo leading the line
That would leave the XI looking like this:
However, even if Nunez is deemed fit enough to be involved on Tuesday, there’s a possibility Klopp would prefer to use him off the bench.
With Jota and Firmino fit again, the Liverpool boss certainly has some forward players who are more than capable of filling in.
If Nunez doesn’t start, this could be Liverpool’s team:
- Same back four that faced Newcastle
- Unchanged midfield trio
- Jota in for Nunez on the left of the attack
That would see Liverpool line up as below:
Given his recent form and the problems he could pose the Real defence, Nunez would definitely be a miss for Liverpool should he be ruled out.
But as replacements go, Jota certainly wouldn’t be a bad one, with Klopp also having the option of bringing Firmino into the side and moving Gakpo back out to the left.
Meanwhile, two key players are missing from Real Madrid’s likely lineup to face the Reds.