Darwin Nunez and Wataru Endo are set to start for Liverpool in their upcoming match.
When Liverpool host Newcastle United at Anfield on New Year’s Day, both Darwin Nunez and Wataru Endo will not be under the threat of suspension.
During Liverpool recent 2-0 victory over Burnley on Boxing Day, the two players were on the brink of facing a one-match suspension. This was due to each of them accumulating four yellow cards throughout the current season.
The Premier League rules stipulate that a player who accumulates five yellow cards within the first 19 matches of their team must face a ban.
Fortunately for Nunez and Endo, they managed to avoid any further cautions during their match at Turf Moor. As a result, should they receive another yellow card during the game against Newcastle at Anfield, they will not be sidelined for an upcoming match.
It is worth noting that the threshold for suspensions increases to 10 bookings once a team has played 32 matches, ensuring both players can continue without immediate concern.
Endo’s upcoming match against Newcastle will mark his last appearance before departing for the Asian Cup, where he aspires to lead Japan to victory as captain.
Since joining Anfield from Stuttgart during the summer transfer period, the midfielder has thrived, particularly in the absence of the injured Alexis Mac Allister.
Klopp raved about Endo’s performance after the Burnley triumph. “My god what a game he played,” said Klopp. “He was another contender for man of the match – looking at that game without him would have been really strange. “I love him. What a boy, and what a player.”
Nunez recently broke a 12-match goal drought by scoring the first goal against Burnley. Earlier, in August, he played a crucial role in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
During that match, with Liverpool reduced to 10 players due to Virgil van Dijk’s red card, Nunez stepped up and scored two goals, securing a thrilling win for his team.