Darwin Nunez Has Dancefloor Moment with Jurgen Klopp, Hours After Apparent Snub

Darwin Nunez Has Dancefloor Moment with Jurgen Klopp, Hours After Apparent Snub

Rene Otinga
updated at May 21, 2024 at 6:53 AM
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  • Jurgen Klopp bid farewell to Liverpool on Sunday, May 19
  • He was hailed by fans and players and given a guard of honour
  • Each Liverpool player clapped for Klopp at Anfield except one

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Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez fuelled speculation over his future after his reaction to Jurgen Klopp’s emotional departure from the club.

Klopp gracefully bowed out of Anfield after a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, May 19.

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Darwin Nunez courted controversy after appearing to decline clapping for Jurgen Klopp during the German's guard of honour. Photo: John Powell
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The game marked the end of Klopp’s nine-year tenure at Anfield, leaving Liverpool as the most successful manager in the Premier League era.

At full time, Anfield was a cauldron of emotion as players and fans came to terms with Klopp’s exit.

Before his final speech, Liverpool players gave their departing colleagues Thiago and Joel Matip a guard of honour.

Klopp also made his way through the tunnel of players amid applause, and fans on social media noted that one Liverpool player did not clap in appreciation of the departing manager.

According to SPORTbible, Nunez appeared disinterested in proceedings, and hawk-eyed fans noted he failed to applaud when a second opportunity presented itself, instead keeping his arms at his sides.

Nunez dances with Klopp

Nunez’s initial reaction to Jurgen Klopp fuelled speculation that all was not well between the player and the departing manager.

But that was all put to rest after a video emerged hours later showing Klopp dancing the night away with Liverpool players – including the Uruguayan.

According to the Mirror, Klopp held an after-party at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, with a considerable number of the Reds players present.

In the video, Nunez is seen playfully pushing his now-former boss onto the dance floor, encouraging him to dance.

The 24-year-old’s stats this season have been decent, as he notched 18 goals and 13 assists across all competitions.

Despite his apparent wasteful ways in front of goal, Klopp has consistently trusted Nunez to lead Liverpool's attack.

The Uruguayan has played in 36 out of Liverpool’s 38 league games this season.

Mohamed Salah honours Jurgen Klopp

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on how Mohamed Salah honoured Jurgen Klopp after the German’s Liverpool exit.

The two had a falling out a few weeks ago, threatening to derail Klopp's final few days at the club, but it seemed they had resolved their issues.

Salah said winning the league and the European Cup sticks out for him under Klopp.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.
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