Jurgen Klopp reacted like everyone else to Darwin Nunez headbutt red card.
Jurgen Klopp was spiky when asked about Darwin Nunez ahead of Liverpool’s first home match of the Premier League season.
Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves questioned the Reds manager about his decision to give the Uruguayan his first start at Anfield. Klopp responded immediately: “I’m fascinated that you see the lineup, prepare an interview, and ask the questions you do… but that’s fine.”
With Diogo Jota still out injured and Sadio Mané and Divock Origi on loan, Jurgen Klopp stated that Liverpool “have no other striker.”
Nunez came off the bench to make an impact in the Community Shield and the 2-2 draw with Fulham, and he hit the post at the end of the first half. Crystal Palace led at halftime thanks to a beautiful Wilifried Zaha goal, but Klopp gave his starting lineup 15 minutes to make amends.
Nunez did not last that long. After a clash with Joachim Andersen near the Palace box, Nunez turned and stuck his head on the Dane, before being shown a straight red card.
The striker’s head was clearly frazzled by the incident, and the red card, but his refusal to leave the pitch saw James Milner run over to have a stern word.
Over on the sideline, Klopp could not believe what he was seeing. As Nunez argued with Palace players and the referee, Klopp had the same reaction as almost everyone else watching – just walk away. Klopp bellowed: “Get off! GET OFF!”
The striker forlornly departed and Liverpool had to fight on with only 10 men. His teammate Luis Diaz scored a belter, soon after, to set up a grandstand finish.