Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville called Darwin Núñez’s red card a “crazy moment”, while Jamie Carragher called the situation a “nightmare” for Liverpool.
Luis Diaz salvaged a 1-1 draw for Liverpool against Crystal Palace at Anfield despite the fact that Nunez had been sensationally sent off for a header on his full debut. Wilfried Zaha’s goal in the first half had given Palace the lead against the course of play and when Nunez reacted foolishly to a push from Joachim Andersen.
Neville said Nunez could have no complaints about the red card, but sympathized with the Uruguay striker for “his moment of madness” having been in that situation himself as a player when he completely lost his mind.
He said: “It’s a crazy moment. It’s a proper butt, Andersen will feel it.”
“We don’t know why he did it. I’ve done two or three things like this in my career. We don’t know why we reacted. We have no idea. We went out and thought ‘what did I just do?’ at Everton and I did something similar in a game against Steve McManaman. It’s that red mist. It washes over you.
“When you get sent off like that, it’s the loneliest place in the world. You might have a prop man with you, but it’s horrible. You’re in that locker room and your teammates are on the field. You’ve left them.” depressed and you feel so bad. You don’t need to say much to a player who’s been sent off because it’s horrible anyway and they take responsibility. I’m sure he would have walked around the locker room to apologize. The rest of the guys in that locker room will pick it up as it’s a good locker room.”
Carragher: A nightmare for Liverpool and Klopp
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“It’s a nightmare start for him as a player at Liverpool, it’s a nightmare for Jurgen Klopp as he tries to integrate him into a new team. The problem wasn’t tonight, the problem is how long it will be until he returns.” in the team, as he will probably just be on the bench after the suspension to catch up, so it could be five or six weeks until we see him back in Liverpool’s starting eleven.”
Klopp: “This is not how Núñez should behave”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:
“I’ve seen him back, that’s of course a red card. He was provoked all the time, but that’s not how he should behave.”
“I’ll talk to him, there’s no point when I talk about it too much in public. It’s not the reaction you want to see. Premier League centre-backs will do that to him, he’s a handful himself.”
‘Núñez will learn from the red card’
Liverpool midfielder James Milner:
“I didn’t see the incident [Nunez’s red card]. He’s going to be disappointed about that. We have to get around it and recover. He will learn from it. The team reacted well and the ground did and got behind us. We could have stolen it, but we didn’t. Good teams react to disappointments and stick together. You see the preparation for the season and the fight. We have had a tough week and the preparations have not been ideal. No one can deny that we have a fighting spirit.
“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.”
next game for Liverpool is huge as they make the short trip to Old Trafford to face winless Manchester United in next week’s game Monday night football. crystal Palace they are in action before then when they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.