Darwin Nunez is right on the verge of a suspension. Here's how that could affect Liverpool in the coming weeks.
That's because Nunez picked up his fourth yellow card of the season against Manchester United. It wasn't exactly the smartest yellow card in the world, either, as he simply booted the ball away after a foul. In fact, two of his four have come that way.
And that means a yellow card against Arsenal this weekend would leave the Uruguayan suspended for the Burnley game. It also means that if Nunez avoids a booking against the Gunners and gets one against Burnley, he'll miss Newcastle United at Anfield on New Year's Day.
That's not one Liverpool will want him to miss, either, after his match-winning cameo off the bench at St James's Park.
The suspension limit jumps from five to ten after the Burnley game, removing Nunez's risk.
Of course, the best situation here is that Nunez doesn't pick up another yellow card, preferably for the rest of the season. If he's going to get a fifth before the limit changes, though, everyone would agree it would be better for him to miss Burnley than Newcastle.
Not that anyone will actively hope Nunez gets booked (except Burnley and Newcastle fans). Liverpool will want him available for all three games as even without goals right now, the striker is contributing.
He provided four key passes against Manchester United and then another four against West Ham United this week. Nunez also won five tackles in the Carabao Cup game - more than anyone else on the pitch.
Even though he hasn't bagged since November 1st, Nunez does have Liverpool playing better with him on the pitch. Let's see if he's on the pitch against Burnley and Newcastle.