‘Are you free for a deal today?’: Specsavers pokes fun at Dietmar Hamann as he claims Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez should NOT have been sent off for headbutting for ‘walking into’ Joachim Andersen
- Darwin Nunez was sent off for Liverpool in the 57th minute of Crystal Palace’s draw
- The £85m summer signing is now suspended for three games for the Reds
- Jurgen Klopp’s men salvaged a point thanks to Luis Diaz’s goal four minutes later
- Dietmar Hamann says Nunez was unlucky to see red, which got Specsavers
Specsavers have taken to Twitter to poke fun at Dietmar Hamann by encouraging him to book an eye test after he claimed Darwin Nunez should not have seen red in Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace.
Nunez came down to earth again on Monday night – after a bright start to life in the Premier League – when he was sent off on his Anfield debut for heading Joachim Andersen.
The £85m summer signing was cut short by the marker’s close attention and is now suspended for three games, starting at Manchester United on Monday.
Specsavers has poked fun at Dietmar Hamann after he claimed Darwin Nunez should not have seen red in Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace
Uruguayan Nunez was sent off on his Anfield debut for heading Joachim Andersen
Liverpool battled back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw against Patrick Vieira’s men, with Luis Diaz scoring four minutes after Nunez’s 57th-minute dismissal.
But former Germany international Hamann believes the Uruguay star was unlucky to be given his marching orders, insisting he simply “walked into” the Dane without “extensive power”.
“I think he just went into defender Joachim Andersen. It wasn’t even a headbutt,’ Hamann told talkSPORT.
“If it was a real headbutt, I would understand extending the ban. I think three games is enough.
Ex-midfielder Hamann believes the Uruguayan star was unlucky to receive his March orders
The former Germany star insists he simply “walked into” the Dane without “extensive power”
“We all agree he shouldn’t do it. When I first saw it in real time, I think the defender made more of it than it was.
“But obviously afterwards he saw that he hit him on the chin. But I’m not sure if there is extensive power with his head.
“He let himself and the team down and that didn’t help Liverpool even though they started playing better than with him after he was sent off.”
However, Nunez’s team-mate Virgil van Dijk did not offer a similar defence, insisting he must exercise more discipline in the future.
“He has to control himself, definitely,” van Dijk insisted. “He has to manage himself, knowing that these things can happen, especially in the Premier League.
Nunez is now suspended for three games, starting at Manchester United on Monday
– He has our support, and he knows that it shouldn’t happen again, and hopefully it will.
“He was disappointed and probably also disappointed in himself. But it’s a learning curve and obviously we’ll always support him. Hopefully it will never happen again.’
Nunez’s dismissal leaves Klopp with a striker crisis at Old Trafford with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino among eight players unavailable through injury.
Palace defender Andersen, meanwhile, has called on Instagram and the Premier League to “do something about” the vile online abuse he received following his share of the red card.
Virgil van Dijk (left) made no apologies for Nunez despite Luis Diaz (right) scoring the equalizer
Nunez’s dismissal leaves Klopp with a star crisis ahead of their next game at Old Trafford