Jurgen Klopp reacts to Darwin Nunez 'madness'


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reacted to Darwin Nunez's "moment of madness" after the striker was sent off for a headbutt on his full Premier League debut.

The forward was shown a straight red card after headbutting Joachim Andersen in the second half of the Reds' 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night. 

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According to Goal, the Uruguayan is the first Liverpool player to be sent off for violent conduct under Klopp, and will miss the club's next three matches, including the much-anticipated fixture against Manchester United on 22 August.  

While Nunez's start to life with Liverpool got off to a good note as he scored a goal apiece against Manchester City in the Community Shield and in the Merseysiders' Premier League opener against Fulham, this setback will put his manager in a precarious situation as both Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota are also nursing injuries, potentially leaving the club without a recognised striker for the couple of weeks. 

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During a post-match press conference, Klopp gave his verdict on Nunez's headbutt.    

"There was provocation, but it was definitely the wrong reaction," the 55-year-old said, per The Guardian.  

"He will learn from that. Unfortunately, he has now three games to do that. It is not cool for us but it is how it is. 

"Of course, I will speak with him. I came in [after the game] and wanted to see the situation [on television].  

"In the game I could not see anything so I could know what happened. I saw Andersen on the floor and Darwin walking away.  

"That was my picture. Then I saw it – yes, it is a red card. Wrong reaction in the situation.  

"Andersen wanted that, he got it, but he [Nunez] made a mistake. Of course, I will talk about it with Darwin but not yet." 

Former United captain and now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville sympathised with Nunez, saying he had been in the same situation when he was playing.  

"It's a moment of madness. It's a proper butt, Andersen will feel that," the ex-England international said, per Sky Sports.  

"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 go off and think, '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 that red mist. It comes over you." 

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