Darwin Nunez was ruled out for Saturday’s fixture with Crystal Palace with injury, as Liverpool are still assessing his injury’s extent.
Liverpool fans looked worried not seeing forward Darwin Nunez in the teamsheet against Crystal Palace. The forward missed the tie with a shoulder knock he picked up in the 2-0 win over Newcastle last week.
However, he did feature for the Reds in the midweek Champions League clash against Real Madrid to score in the opening minutes.
Head coach Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will have to see how long the 23-year-old is injured, after the shoulder setback. The injury seems to have taken a toll on Nunez, as he wasn’t fit enough to feature against the Eagles on Saturday evening.
Klopp said via liverpoolfc.com:
Darwin against Newcastle when he fouled [Kieran] Trippier… yeah, his shoulder, then it was OK with an injection against Madrid because there’s no structural damage, it’s very painful, but the day after the Madrid game he got another knock there and after the game he couldn’t move the arm at all. So, we have to see how long that will take but that was the reason for him, and Joe Gomez had a muscle [injury].
With two goals in the last two games, and slowly finding his feet in English football, the injury has come at the wrong time for the Uruguayan and for Liverpool.
Injury of Darwin Nunez an ill-timely setback for Liverpool
Darwin Nunez arrived in Liverpool, one of the biggest English clubs with a hefty price tag of £85 million last summer. A big transfer fee brings responsibility to hit the ground running straight from the word go. However, for several reasons the Uruguayan hasn’t been able to replicate his Benfica form from his last season in the Liverpool shirt so far.
Nunez has been criticized by football pundits, for the missed chances in front of the goal. However, he seems to have all the attributes to be among the top goalscorers, as at times his performances on the pitch have been breathtaking but he seems to be raw and needs a lot of coaching.
Regardless of the criticism, he has managed 16 goal contributions in 29 games in all competitions in a flawed Liverpool side.
His back-to-back goals against Newcastle and Real Madrid might have given him the boost to build and help Liverpool chase for top four, but the universe had other plans.
The Liverpool No. 27 was missed in the tie against Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace in Selhurst Park, as the Anfield outfit looked pale in front of the goal, and finished a 0-0 draw.
The timeline of injury is unknown from Klopp’s update, as Liverpool prepares themselves for the midweek clash against Wolves. Moreover, Manchester United coming up next Sunday, and we badly need him isn’t it?