Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher criticize Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez after red card on Anfield debut

Liverpool's Darwin Nunez was sent off on Monday night for headbutting Joachim Andersen

‘It’s gone right for Andersen…it’s a INSANE moment’: Gary Neville slams Darwin Nunez after red card for Palace defender HEADBUTTING…as Jamie Carragher says £85m man” he lets his team and the fans down’ on his Anfield debut

  • Darwin Nunez made his Anfield debut for Liverpool against Crystal Palace
  • He was sent off just before the hour for a headbutt on Joachim Andersen
  • Gary Neville claimed it was a “crazy moment” from the 23-year-old striker.
  • Jamie Carragher said Nunez was “letting his team and the fans down” with his actions

Gary Neville was left stunned by Darwin Nunez’s red card during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night after the Uruguay striker was sent off for headbutting Joachim Andersen.

Wilfried Zaha gave Palace the lead against the run of play in the first half, before Luis Diaz pulled Liverpool back in the end with a fine solo goal.

However, it was Nunez’s tangle with Andersen on his Anfield debut just minutes before Diaz’s equalizer that was the main talking point of the night.

Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez was sent off on Monday night for headbutting Joachim Andersen

It was a sorry end to Núñez's Anfield debut as he was sent off before the hour mark

It was a sorry end to Núñez’s Anfield debut as he was sent off before the hour mark

Neville admitted he could not defend Nunez’s actions and claimed the 23-year-old would be sorely missed when Liverpool travel to Manchester United next week.

‘The story tonight is Núñez, not only the first header, but then he will come back. It’s gone right for Andersen,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.

“There’s been no history of that at Benfica, he wasn’t sent off there. That’s the stupidity of tonight. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for him.

‘It’s a crazy time, isn’t it? He is combative. It’s a proper ass on the bottom of the nose: Andersen will feel it. Núñez will learn from it, but Liverpool will miss him next week.

Neville was asked why Nunez might have lost his cool during the incident with Andersen.

The former United defender was unable to offer an explanation but admitted he had found himself in a similar situation on a couple of occasions during his playing days.

“We don’t really know why we react. We have no idea why we do what we do, we just go. Honestly, I kicked a ball at an Everton fan, I did the same to Steve McManaman. You [Jamie Carragher] he also did crazy things, threw a coin into the crowd,” added Neville.

Gary Neville described Nunez's headbutt to Andersen as a

Gary Neville described Nunez’s headbutt on Andersen as a “crazy moment”.

Jamie Carragher believes Núñez let his teammates and fans down by being sent off

Jamie Carragher believes Núñez let his teammates and fans down by being sent off

Ball clashes between strikers and defenders are common place in football, but Carragher was surprised Núñez wasn’t more subtle, opting instead to head Andersen right in front of the referee

“I couldn’t believe he was protesting the referee. Andersen isn’t doing anything, he’s just in a normal center position.

‘Mira Núñez, looking directly at the referee [beforehand] and complaining It’s not a fault [on Nunez]. I can’t believe he thinks he’s going to get away with it. The referee was looking directly at him; I couldn’t have had a better view.

“He’s trying to argue that he hasn’t done anything, he’s trying to convince his team-mates and the public. When he leaves, he realizes what he’s done. He’ll be devastated in the dressing room – he’s let his team down and the fans down,” Carragher said.

Liverpool managed to get back on level terms after Nunez’s dismissal but held on for a second consecutive draw, which left them four points behind leaders Manchester City after just two games.

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