Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits Darwin Nunez will have plenty of time to learn from his red card for beating Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen with a headbutt in the 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield Has.
The Uruguay international, who arrived in the summer for a potential club-record fee of £85million, was sacked early in the second half for punching down the Eagles centre-back after the two feuded all night.
Klopp pointed out the provocation the striker had received but accepted there was no apology for his reaction and the three-game suspension he will now be serving – missing games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle – will come to that Giving 23-year-olds the opportunity to contemplate.
“Of course I’ll talk to him,” the manager said.
“Provocation and definitely the wrong reaction, he will learn from that. Unfortunately, he now has three games to play. It’s not cool for us, but it is what it is.
“I came in and wanted to see the situation – I couldn’t see anything in the game so I knew what had happened: I saw Andersen lying on the floor and Darwin walking away.
“Then I saw it – yes, it’s a red card. Wrong reaction in the situation. Andersen wanted that, he got it, but he (Nunez) made a mistake.”
Liverpool actually improved as they dropped to 10 men and a brilliant goal from Luis Diaz, who rolled past five players before firing home from 25 yards to equalize Wilfried Zaha’s first-half breakaway goal, saved a point.
But they could have done without Nunez’s forced absence for the next few weeks as the injury crisis continues to mount, with Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino absent against Palace and Joe Gomez on the bench as he wasn’t fit enough to play a full game deny.
With midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, defenders Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay, as well as striker Diogo Jota and backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher all unavailable, the last thing Klopp needed was an unnecessary suspension to close the list extend.
“The week was crazy; I experienced many weeks but it was like having a witch in the house,” added Klopp.
“Honestly, like every day, someone retired for the craziest reasons (from training).
“Joel will be two weeks old. With that we shall see. Joey didn’t start because he only trained yesterday like he did earlier in the week, (he had) a little problem.
“Bobby (Firmino) couldn’t make it. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) this morning we got the information that there was a little concern if he played too long, so he didn’t play that long.
“This is the situation. It wasn’t too cool.”
Palace manager Patrick Vieira was content with a draw after enjoying just 27 per cent possession and three shots on target.
“We could have won. We could have lost it too,” he said.
“Of course I’m happy about the point, but even more so about the quality that we showed today. We showed sides of the game that we need to show more often.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-joachim-andersen-darwin-nunez-joel-matip-b2145734.html Darwin Nunez has time to learn from red card in Liverpool draw – Jurgen Klopp