The apologetic Darwin Núñez “must control himself”, warns Virgil van Dijk |  liverpool

The apologetic Darwin Núñez “must control himself”, warns Virgil van Dijk | liverpool

The apologetic Darwin Núñez “must control himself”, warns Virgil van Dijk |  liverpool

Virgil van Dijk has said Darwin Núñez needs to control himself after he was sent off for violent conduct on his Premier League debut for Liverpool. The Uruguayan international, who tweeted an apology Wednesday night was “really stupid” to leave Liverpool with 10 men against Crystal Palace according to Joachim Andersen, the defender who received Núñez’s header at Anfield on Monday.

Liverpool, who are already without forwards Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota through injury, will lose their main summer signing for Premier League games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle. He won’t be available until the Merseyside derby at Everton on September 3. In a brief tweet, Núñez said: “My apologies to Liverpool. I’ll be back.”

Apologies to Liverpool all ✋🏼

I’ll be back 🫡

— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) August 16, 2022


Van Dijk says the 23-year-old, the first Liverpool player to be sacked for violent conduct under Jurgen Klopp, has the support of his teammates but must ensure the moment of madness doesn’t happen again.

“He has to control himself, definitely,” said the Liverpool defender. “He has to manage [and] he must know that these things can happen, especially in the Premier League.

“Obviously he was disappointed and probably also with himself. But it’s a learning curve and we will always support him. He knows it shouldn’t happen again and I hope it will.

Núñez will undergo an extended pre-season training regimen during his suspension, with Klopp planning to speak with the striker about his loss of self-control. The striker aimed two headers at Andersen in the 57th minute of the 1-1 draw and the Palace defender claimed Núñez was easily annoyed.

Andersen said: “The whole game I sat very close to him, annoyed him a lot and did well against him. I think that’s why he was mad at me. He headbutted me, the first one, to a cross, and I told him he shouldn’t do that. I was mad at him. Then he did it again, which is , to me, really stupid, so it’s a clear red card.

Liverpool have failed to win their opening two matches of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13 and are already trailing Manchester City by four points. Van Dijk knows Liverpool will be prematurely written off after the disappointing start but says they can shrug off the noise outside and draw encouragement from their display against Palace.

The Netherlands captain said: “I don’t want to blame different things. We want to perform well but it’s funny because we played the Community Shield and won and everyone was saying a bunch of other things and now we’ve drawn twice and people are going to write us off. But it’s the outside world and we focus on what we can influence and that’s our performance.

“It was, especially with 10 men, a great performance. We put them under pressure, made them nervous, let them hit long balls. It’s something we have to learn from, keep going, but we want to win and we’ll look for that in the next game.

“We put them under pressure, we took a lot of risks because we had to score the equalizer and hoped to get the winner. But we shouldn’t come with 10 men, that shouldn’t happen.

Luis Díaz scored a superb equalizer for Liverpool four minutes after Núñez was dismissed and Van Dijk believes the Colombia international has a lot more to offer this season. “Luis is a fantastic player,” he said. “It’s something we need and he provided that bit of special action and he can be so much better.

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