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Klopp confirms Nunez and Szoboszlai fit to return for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai are fit to return for Liverpool this weekend.

Liverpool travel to face Nottingham Forest in the Premier League as the Reds look to maintain their position at the top of the table.

Klopp has been forced to hand opportunities to several academy products in recent weeks with a number of senior stars sidelined, but provided a positive update on his squad ahead of the trip to the City Ground.

 

Nunez and Szoboszlai are each in contention after returning to first-team training, while Klopp is optimistic over Wataru Endo and Andy Robertson after the duo missed the midweek win over Southampton in the FA Cup’s fifth round.

“Darwin [Nunez] and Dom [Szoboszlai] trained yesterday with the team so we have to see how they react,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.

“Wataru [Endo] and Robbo [Andy Robertson] didn’t but we hope they will join in today.

“Lucho [Luis Diaz] is fine and Macca [Alexis Mac Allister] is fine.

“Macca was ill for one and a half days and Robbo had the same thing but hopefully that didn’t spread.”

Liverpool will be aiming to end a poor recent record at the City Ground having failed to win at Nottingham Forest on their last 13 league visits.

Klopp is expecting another tough test and highlighted former forward Divock Origi as a threat for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

“Nottingham is a great place to play but a difficult one,” the German said.

“The situation they are in is a similar one to us, they need to win games to reach their target as much as we can.

“They made a few changes for the last game, Callum Hudson-Odoi didn’t start, but we know roughly who to expect on the pitch. We have analysed them.

“It’s a real task for us to find out how we can line up with so many games to come. It’s always about us before games because we demand different things in each game.

“It will be a tough challenge, anyone can see that. Newcastle, Aston Villa and even Arsenal didn’t have it easy against them.

 

“They are a threat on the counter-attack, massively. Anthony Elanga, Morgan Gibbs-White or Divock [Origi] can cause problems.

“I’m looking forward to it. There’s always a great atmosphere there.”

Read – Liverpool: Who are Klopp’s kids thriving in the first team?

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