Liverpool injury blow as star ruled out v Aston Villa - boost for Newcastle United & Man United

Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their battle to secure Champions League football following an injury update from Jurgen Klopp.
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Nunez sat out Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Leicester City on Monday night with a foot injury and is set to miss Saturday’s match against Aston Villa at Anfield. The Reds must beat Villa or else Newcastle United could be effectively guaranteed Champions League qualification.

Liverpool are four points behind Newcastle with seven worse goal difference and only two games remaining. The Magpies’ 4-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday means a defeat for Liverpool on Saturday would guarantee a top four finish for Eddie Howe’s side.

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Even a draw would likely not be enough for Klopp’s side to overtake Newcastle as they would still have to overturn the goal difference gap.

A point ahead of Liverpool in the final Champions League position are Manchester United who have inferior goal difference with a game in hand.

Speaking ahead of the Villa match, Klopp confirmed that Nunez would not be available though Roberto Firmino is back in contention after missing the match on Monday.

“Darwin will not be available, he has inflammation of the tendon in his toe, very painful,” Klopp said. “He hasn’t trained. Long-term injured are out, but all the rest should be available.”

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Liverpool have several players ruled out for the remainder of the season including Thiago Alcantara, Calvin Ramsay and Stefan Bajcetic while Naby Keita is a doubt to feature before the end of the campaign.