Jürgen Klopp angry after assault by Darwin Nunez

After the first red card for an assault in his almost seven-year tenure at Liverpool FC, Jürgen Klopp addressed clear words to villain Darwin Núñez. There was a provocation, but it was definitely “the wrong reaction”. He will have a clear conversation with him, according to the successful German coach. “He has to learn from it. Unfortunately, he now has three games to do so. It’s not cool for us, but it is what it is,” said Klopp after the disappointing 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday evening. “You shouldn’t behave like that.”

The Uruguayan, for whom Liverpool are said to have transferred €75m plus potential bonus payments to Benfica in the summer, was tempted to headbutt Joachim Andersen. Outnumbered, the Reds only managed to equalize. With that, the English Cup winners got off to a false start with two draws from their first two games.

Núñez hits the post

At the start there was a 2-2 win at Fulham for the title co-favourite. The championship runners-up are now four points behind Manchester City. Unlike Liverpool, the champions started the season with two wins. But Klopp remained calm despite the unsuccessful start, at least in this respect. He’s “don’t worry, it’s just the start,” said the Reds team manager: “If we have two points at the end of May, it’s difficult, but right now it’s okay.”

He was “primarily proud given the circumstances,” emphasized Klopp after a “crazy week.” It was like a curse in the house.” The 55-year-old alluded to Thiago and Roberto Firmino’s injuries. At Liverpool’s Anfield Road, Crystal Palace surprisingly scored the opening goal with the first shot on goal. Wilfried Zaha (32nd) was allowed to celebrate after a counterattack. Newcomer Núñez (45th) only hit the post for the highly superior Liverpool.

After the change, the Reds were outnumbered. A little later, however, Liverpool equalized: Luis Diaz (61st) scored after a solo and caused celebrations. But it was no longer enough for the first win of the season in the Premier League. After the 1-1 draw, his team played “a strong game” even with a professional less, said Klopp: “With a lot of passion. We weren’t lucky a few times.”



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