Darwin Nunez has insisted he has learned his lesson from the “big mistake” of his red card against Crystal Palace and has vowed not to lose his composure again.
The summer signing became the first Liverpool player in Jurgen Klopp’s reign to be sent off for violent behavior when he headbutted Palace defender Joachim Andersen on his home debut.
Nunez made only his third start for Liverpool in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Rangers and said the three-game suspension he was serving out gave him a difficult start in life at his new club.
He said TNT sports: “It was a very difficult time. I was banned for three games, I know I made a big mistake and now I know it won’t happen again. I need to calm my nerves during games, talk less. We all make mistakes and I know this will serve as a learning and experience.
“The truth is that it was a bit difficult to adapt, but I think I will gradually adapt as the training and games progress. I have the support of my teammates.”
Nunez had six shots against Rangers without scoring his first Anfield goal for Liverpool, saying: “The most important thing is to leave my mark on the team, someone who can always contribute by playing well and when I do don’t score a goal, I have to be calm about it.
“If the first one goes in, more will go in. I’ve been through this [in the past], and it’s a bit awkward because, as strikers, we live from goals. But I’m calm, the coach has always supported me.”
Nunez admitted the language barrier is a problem as he doesn’t know what Klopp is saying, although coaches Pep Lijnders and Vitor Matos translate for him.
“We don’t talk much,” he said of the manager. “I can’t speak English and he can’t speak Spanish. Yes we have a Portuguese translator in Pep which I understand and there is also Vitor another Portuguese. They are the translators when Klopp speaks to the group. They sit next to me and explain what I have to do. If they didn’t explain it to me, I’d step onto the field without knowing what to do.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/darwin-nunez-liverpool-headbutt-b2195963.html Liverpool FC: Darwin Nunez insists he’s learned from the ‘big mistake’ of the red card