The Liverpool manager took to his pre-match press conference this afternoon to reveal that Darwin Nunez could be a doubt for the clash at the City Ground on Saturday following a hamstring issue.
Klopp told the media regarding the 23-year-old: “He is one of the cases where we need to have a look because he was not injured, but he felt something and I don’t know if he feels that still today and what the medical department tells me then, we have to see.”
There is no doubt that losing Nunez would be a significant blow for Klopp, especially with so many injuries already plaguing the attacking threat in the Merseysiders’ squad.
According to Premier League Injuries, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are both out with long-term problems, The Colombian will not return before Christmas following a knee injury, while the Portugal forward will miss out on the World Cup at the very least after sustaining a calf injury against Manchester City last weekend.
Nunez has become a key player in the Reds’ frontline this season after making the move to Merseyside over the summer, scoring five goals and delivering one assist in 12 appearances so far (a goal contribution every 95 minutes), so Klopp will surely be hoping that the Uruguayan won’t need to be sidelined.
Liverpool have a number of closely-congested fixtures in the run-up to the World Cup next month, with a Champions League clash against Ajax to possibly decide their fate in the group coming up on Wednesday, along with a Carabao Cup third round game against Derby County next month before the international tournament commences.
That is in addition to four more Premier League fixtures between now and the mid-season break in just over three weeks’ time, so it will be a hectic end to the autumn for Klopp and co.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to leave Nunez on the bench for the clash against Forest, who are currently bottom of the table and winless in the league since mid-August, as Klopp should have enough quality in his squad to take all three points from their opponents this weekend.
It could also allow the Uruguayan a breather to help him restore full fitness ahead of the midweek trip to Amsterdam, when his goalscoring exploits could be very much needed.