- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that in as much as Darwin Nunez was provoked, he did not need to react the way he did in the game against Crystal Palace
- Nunez marked his Anfield debut with a straight red card after headbutting Joachim Andersen of Crystal Palace
- The striker will now miss crucial games for Liverpool, including a trip to Manchester United next week
Jurgen Klopp has come out to criticise his striker Darwin Nunez for reacting 'badly' before and after his red card on Monday evening.
Nunez had an evening to forget after he was given a straight red card by referee Paul Tierney for head-butting Crystal Palace's defender Joachim Andersen.
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It was only Nunez's first start in Liverpool colours and he did it in front of the Kop. But his home debut barely lasted an hour after he succumbed to pressure from Andersen.
The red card complicated issues for Liverpool, who were trailing at the moment against Patrick Viera's men. Wilfried Zaha had put the Eagles ahead in the first half against the run of play. Luis Diaz restored parity in the second half with a wonderful solo effort.
Speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that the club's record signing deserved to get the red card, as Metro UK reports. The German manager, however, questioned Nunez's reaction after receiving his marching orders. Nunez was infuriated with the decision. James Milner was seen urging him to get off the pitch.
I saw it now back and it’s an obvious red card. He was provoked all the time, but that’s not what you should do, not how you should behave.
It is absolutely not the reaction you want to see. They will do that to you with the challenge from the centre-back in the Premier League. He is a handful himself. That’s not the reaction.
The Uruguayan is now set to miss at least two games compounding woes for Klopp, who is already battling with multiple injuries in his squad.
How Liverpool vs Crystal Palace played out
The Reds were hoping to register their first win of the new campaign during the tie, having dropped points in their season opener against newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage.
However, the Merseysiders' frustrating start to the season continued on Monday night, August 15. as they dropped more points once again. Despite their dominance for the better part of the match, Liverpool had nothing to show for it as they were held to a disappointing draw.
Source: Sports Brief News