Darwin Nunez’s “moment of madness” on Liverpool debut was red fog, says Gary Neville

Darwin Nunez's "moment of madness" on Liverpool debut was red fog, says Gary Neville

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville described Darwin Nunez’s red card as a “moment of madness”, while Jamie Carragher deemed the situation a “nightmare” for Liverpool.

Luis Diaz saved Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Anfield despite Nunez having been sensationally sent off for a header on his full debut. Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal had given Palace the lead against the run of play and when Nunez reacted stupidly to a push from Joachim Andersen.

Neville said Nunez could not complain about the red card, but sympathized with the Uruguayan striker for “his moment of madness” to have been in that situation himself as a player when he completely lost his mind.

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He said: “It’s a crazy moment. It’s a right 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 react. We have no idea. We leave and think ‘what have I done? “- Honestly. I kicked a ball at an Everton fan and did something similar in a game against Steve McManaman. It’s that red mist. it comes to you

“When you get sent off like that, it’s the loneliest place in the world. You might have a team with you, but it’s horrible. You’re in the dressing room and your teammates are on the pitch. You’ve let them down. You go down and you feel so bad. You don’t need to say too much to a player who has been sent off as it’s horrible anyway and they take responsibility. I’m sure he would have gone around the locker room to apologize. the rest of the guys in this locker room will pick him up because he’s a good dressing room.”

Carragher: A nightmare for Liverpool and Klopp

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“It’s a nightmare start for him as a Liverpool player, 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 until back in the team as he is likely to only 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 XI “.

Klopp: Nunez should not behave like this

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

“I’ve seen it again, of course it’s 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 too much about it 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 did not see the incident [Nunez’s red card]. You will be disappointed in this. We must surround him and gather. He will learn from it. The team reacted well and the ground did and got behind us. We could have cut 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 hard 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 amazing goal. We hope there will be many more.”

What’s next?

The next match for Liverpool it’s very important as they make the short trip to Old Trafford to face winless Manchester United next week Monday night football. Crystal Palace are in action before then as they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.


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