Darwin Nunez ‘abandons team-mates’ after Liverpool’s home debut ends in red card, says Jurgen Klopp


Jurgen Klopp has told Darwin Nunez he must change his behavior and not respond to provocations after the £64m striker was sent off for a headbutt on his home debut for Liverpool.

The Liverpool manager said Nunez, who was sacked for violent behavior towards Joachim Andersen in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, was aware he had let his team-mates down.

Nunez is now facing a three-game ban which rules him out from games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle and Klopp said he needs to study.

He did not dispute referee Paul Tierney’s decision, saying: “Obviously it was a Red, he was provoked but he shouldn’t behave like that. I couldn’t see anything in the game so I knew what happened. I saw Andersen lying on the floor and Darwin walking away. That was my picture. Then I saw it: Yes, it’s a red card. Wrong reaction in the situation. Andersen wanted him to have it, but he [Nunez] I’ve made a mistake.

“Darwin knows he let his teammates down. I will talk with him. It wasn’t a reaction we want to see. He knows he’ll be challenged that way, the centre-backs will do that, but it’s not a reaction we want. It was a provocation and definitely the wrong reaction, but he will learn from it.

“Unfortunately, he now has three games to play. It’s not cool for us, but it is what it is.”

Nunez will use his time away from the team to work on his physical condition and will be suspended at a time Liverpool have been hit hard by injuries, with Klopp joking a witch has cursed his team.

Joel Matip will also miss the trip to Old Trafford, and Klopp said: “It’s going to be two weeks – more I think. We will see. The week was crazy. Honestly it was like having a witch in the building. Every day someone retired for the craziest reasons.”

Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson could only start on the bench, while Roberto Firmino joined an injury list that already included Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Klopp added: “In the end, Joey didn’t start – and Nat [Phillips] did really well I have to say – because he just started training again yesterday. Earlier in the week he had a little problem.

“Bobby couldn’t make it. Hendo this morning we got the information that there is some concern if he plays too long, so he didn’t play that long. This is the situation. It wasn’t too cool.” Darwin Nunez ‘abandons team-mates’ after Liverpool’s home debut ends in red card, says Jurgen Klopp

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