Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville called Darwin Nunez’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 Nunez being sent off in an astonishing manner on his official debut. Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal gave Palace the lead as Nunez reacted foolishly to Joachim Andersen’s push.
Neville said Nunez can’t complain about the red card but sympathizes with the Uruguayan striker as his “crazy moment” fell into that situation as a player when he completely lost his head .
He said: “It was a crazy moment. It’s a proper ass, 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 don’t know. We go out. and thought ‘what did I do’ – to be honest, I kicked a ball at an Everton fan and did the same thing against Steve McManaman.
“When you’re kicked off the pitch like that, it’s the loneliest place in the world. You can have a man dressed up with you but it’s horrible. You’re in that dressing room and the your teammates are off the pitch You’ve left them devastated 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 have to suffer I’m sure he went around the dressing room to apologize. The rest of the players in that dressing room will pick him up because it’s a good dressing room.”
Carragher: Nightmare for Liverpool and Klopp
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:
“It was a nightmare start for him as a player at Liverpool, it was a nightmare for Jurgen Klopp as he was trying to integrate him into a new team. it’s not tonight, it’s a matter of how long it will be until he’s back in the team as he’ll probably just sit on the bench after the suspension to get up to speed, so maybe five or six weeks until we see him back in Liverpool starting with the XI.”
Klopp: That’s not how Nunez should behave
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:
“I’ve seen it back, it’s of course a red card. He’s been provoked all the time but that’s not how he should behave.
“I’m going to talk to him, it doesn’t make sense for me to talk too much about it in public. That’s not the reaction you want to see. Premier League centre-backs will do that to him. , he is one-handed himself.”
‘Nunez will learn from the red card’
Liverpool midfielder James Milner:
“I don’t see the problem [Nunez’s red card]. He will be disappointed by that. We have to go around him and gather. He will learn from it. The team responded well and the ground did and was behind us. We could have bookmarked it but it’s not. Good teams will react to disappointments and stick together. You see the readiness for the season and the fight. We had a rough week and the preparation was not 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 unbelievable goal. Hopefully it will. there’s so much more to it.”
Next game for Liverpool It’s a great thing that they make the short trip to Old Trafford to face a winless Manchester United next week Monday Night Football. Crystal Palace in action before that when they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.