Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez has expressed remorse for his conduct as he was sent off for headbutting an opponent on his Anfield debut.
The Uruguayan was involved in an altercation with Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen during his side’s 1-1 draw against Monday night football.
It ended his first Premier League appearance at Anfield prematurely – and less than 24 hours after the incident which put Liverpool in danger of defeat, the player has taken to social media to address his supporters .
“I am aware of the ugly attitude I had,” Nunez said in a message translated from Spanish. “I’m here to learn from my mistakes and it won’t happen again.”
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville called Nunez’s red card a ‘moment of madness’ while Jamie Carragher called the situation a ‘nightmare’ for Liverpool.
Luis Diaz salvaged a 1-1 draw for Liverpool after Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal put Palace ahead against the run of play and when Nunez reacted foolishly to a push from Andersen.
Neville said Nunez couldn’t complain about the red card but sympathized with the Uruguay striker for his “crazy moment” having been in that situation himself as a player when he completely lost his mind.
He said: “It’s a crazy time. It’s a good ass, Andersen will feel it.
“We don’t know why he did it. I’ve done a couple of things like that in my career. We don’t know why we react. We have no idea. -which I just did” – Honestly. I kicked a ball at a fan at Everton and did the same in a game against Steve McManaman. It’s this red mist. It invades you.
“When you get sent off like that, it’s the loneliest place in the world. You might have a kit man with you, but it’s awful. You’re in that locker room and your teammates are on the pitch .
“You let them down and you feel so bad. You don’t need to say too much to a player who’s been sent off because it’s awful anyway and they take responsibility. I’m sure he would have walked around the locker room apologizing. The rest of the guys in that locker room will come looking for him because it’s a good locker room.
Carragher: A nightmare for Liverpool and Klopp
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“It’s a nightmare start for him as a player at Liverpool, it’s a nightmare for Jurgen Klopp as he tries to fit him into a new team. The problem wasn’t tonight, the problem is to know how long it will be until he is back in the team because he will probably only be on the bench after the suspension to get up to speed, so it could be five or six weeks before seeing him again in the Liverpool starting XI.”
Klopp: ‘This is not how Nunez should behave’
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp:
“I saw him again, of course it’s a red card. He was provoked all the time but that’s not how he should behave.
“I’m going to talk to him, it makes no sense when I talk about it too much in public. That’s not the reaction you want to see. The centre-halves in the Premier League are going to do this to him, it’s a handle itself.”
“Nunez will learn from the red card”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner:
“I did not see the incident [Nunez’s red card]. He will be disappointed. We must circumvent it and rally. He will learn from it. The team reacted well and the field reacted and got behind us. We could have nicked it but it wasn’t. Good teams react to disappointments and stick together. You see the preparation for the season and the fight. We have had a difficult week and the preparations have not been ideal. Nobody can deny that we have a fighting spirit.
“Sometimes you need a moment of brilliance and when you have players like Luis on the pitch he can create something out of nothing. It was an incredible goal. I hope there will be some many others.”
The next game for liverpool is huge as they make the short trip to Old Trafford to face winless Manchester United next week Monday night football. crystal palace are in action before that as they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.