Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez has expressed his remorse for his behavior when he was sent off for heading an opponent on his Anfield debut.
The Uruguayan was involved in an altercation with Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen during the team’s 1-1 draw at Monday night football.
It brought a premature end to his first Premier League appearance at Anfield – and less than 24 hours after the incident which left Liverpool in danger of defeat, the player has taken to social media to address supporters.
“I am aware of the ugly attitude I had,” Nunez said in a post 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 deemed the situation a “nightmare” for Liverpool.
Luis Diaz salvaged a 1-1 draw for Liverpool after Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal had given Palace the lead against the run of play and when Nunez reacted stupidly to a push from Andersen.
Neville said Nunez could have no complaints about the red card but sympathized with the Uruguay striker for “his moment of madness” after being in that situation himself as a player when he completely lost his head.
He said: “It’s a moment of madness. It’s a real bum, Andersen will feel that.
“We don’t know why he’s done it. I’ve done two or three things like this in my career. We don’t know why we react. We have no idea. We walk away thinking ‘what did I just do’ – honestly. I kicked a ball at a fan at Everton and did a similar thing in a game against Steve McManaman. It’s the red mist. It comes over 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 horrible. You’re in the dressing room and your team-mates are out on the pitch.
“You’ve left them and you feel so bad. You don’t have to say too much to a player who’s been sent off because it’s terrible anyway and they take responsibility. I’m sure he would have gone around the dressing room to pray sorry. The rest of the boys in that locker room will pick him up 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 playing at Liverpool, it’s a nightmare for Jurgen Klopp trying to integrate him into a new team. The problem wasn’t tonight, the problem is how long it will take before he’s back in the team since he’ll probably just be on the bench after his suspension to get up to speed, so it could be five or six weeks before we see him back in Liverpool’s starting XI.”
Klopp: This is not how Nunez should behave
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp:
“I’ve seen it back, of course it’s a red card. He was provoked all the time, but that’s not how he should behave.
“I want 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-backs in the Premier League will do that to him, he’s a handful himself.”
Nunez will learn from the red card
Liverpool midfielder James Milner:
– I did not see the incident [Nunez’s red card]. He’s going to be disappointed about that. We have to get around him and gather. He will learn from it. The team reacted well and the ground did and got behind us. We could have taken it, but it wasn’t to be. Good teams react to disappointments and stick together. You see the readiness for the season and the match. We have had a tough week and the preparations have not been ideal. No one can deny that we have the will to fight.
“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. Hopefully there will be many more.”
What will be next?
Next match for Liverpool is a big one when 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 when they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.