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Joachim Andersen slams ‘really stupid’ Darwin Nunez over red card against Crystal Palace

  • August 16, 2022
Darwin Nunez was sent off on his home debut for Liverpool following a clash with Joachim Andersen (Picture: Getty)

Joachim Andersen slammed Drawin Nunez for his stupidity following the incident which saw the Liverpool striker sent off on his home debut.

The summer signing from Benfica was given his marching orders just shy of the hour mark when he aimed a head butt at the Crystal Palace defender following minimal provocation.

Jurgen Klopp accused Andersen of trying to wind up his striker, but Andersen insists the 23-year-old only has himself to blame.

‘The whole game I sat really close to him, I annoyed him a lot and did well against him,’ he told The Evening Standard. ‘I think that’s why he was angry with me.

‘He head butted me, the first one, at a cross, and I told him he shouldn’t do that. I was angry with him.

‘Then he did it again which is, for me, is really stupid, so it’s a clear red card.’

Nunez will now miss three games through suspension, including next Monday’s heavyweight showdown against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Darwin Nunez will miss three games after he was sent off for head butting Joachim Andersen (Credits: Sky Sports)

Asked how he would deal with the fall out of Nunez’s red card, Klopp said: ‘Yeah, of course I will speak with him.

‘I came in and I wanted to see the situation; in the game I couldn’t see anything so I didn’t know what happened.

‘I saw Andersen on the floor and Darwin walking away, that was my picture. I asked then our guys already and I saw only, ‘OK, red card’. And then I saw it – yes, it is a red card. Wrong reaction in the situation.

‘Andersen wanted that, I would say, and he got it. But he made a mistake, Darwin, so of course we will talk about it. But not yet.’

He added: ‘A little provocation here and there – and definitely the wrong reaction. A clear red card, I cannot deny that.

‘Yeah, he will learn from that. Unfortunately, he has now a few games’ time to do so. That’s not cool for us in our specific situation, even less, but that’s how it is.’

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