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EPL: Nunez availability a boost to Liverpool’s Everton trip

LISBON, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 19: Darwin Nunez of SL Benfica celebrates scoring SL Benfica's goal during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between SL Benfica and CS Maritimo at Estadio da Luz on December 19, 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, is happy to have Darwin Nunez back from suspension for the derby against Everton.

The Reds go to Everton for the early kickoff tomorrow.

Klopp said, “When he got his three-game suspension, we looked at it and saw the first game back was the derby. He’s learned his lesson and is in really good shape. See how we came through last two games, we don’t see it as a bad thing that he was out.

“We used it with him, tried to give him some extra input physically as well as tactically. He looks really settled, even more than before but we have to wait until tomorrow. He’s really happy that he’s not suspended anymore. I gave him high five and always I gave him a slap on his neck as well just so he doesn’t forget. That can stop now.”

On Everton, he added: “They are tight games most of the time. It’ll be a big fight and we cannot ignore that but you have to play football as well. That’s the challenge. Newcastle was perfect preparation because it was super intense and showed us what we had to expect. If didn’t know it, we know after Wednesday. The last few years I’m involved in most of these draws [8 in 10] but they were all different. They were intense, with a lot of fight.”

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