Jurgen Klopp faces Darwin Nunez ‘nightmare’ situation, fears Jamie Carragher | Soccer

Darwin Nunez was sent off on his home debut in Liverpool against Crystal Palace

Darwin Nunez was sent off on his home debut at Liverpool against Crystal Palace (Image: Getty)

Jamie Carragher is scared Jurgen Klopp faces a ‘nightmare situation’ with Darwin Nunez after the Liverpool striker marked his home debut with a red card.

The Uruguay international had a dream start to his career with the Reds after making a record-breaking move to Benfica earlier in the summer.

Nunez scored his first goal in the recent Community Shield win over Manchester City and put in a striking performance off the bench last weekend as he helped Liverpool salvage a draw with newly promoted Fulham.

The 23-year-old was rewarded with a first start against Crystal Palace in the absence of Robrto Firmino last night but his evening ended when he was sent off for a headbutt to Joachim Andersen in the 57th minute.

Nunez will now miss the next three games through suspension, including next Monday’s heavyweight showdown against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and Carragher believes it could be another six weeks before Klopp can start, the Kop’s new cult hero fully reintegrate.

He told Sky Sports: “What can he say? He cannot fire all weapons. He may be frustrated and he will talk to the boy. But Darwin Nunez will know more than anyone that he made a big mistake.

“There is no debate, everyone knows that. No Liverpool fan can try Anderson, I know they booed him in the stadium but that’s what’s happening now, that’s what fans are doing. He will talk to him, he has mentioned that he will support him almost like another preseason.

“He won’t be there, I’m not sure how the games fall or if there’s a cup game in between, but he’ll try to work with him without games.

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“A lot of times you can’t train properly because there are so many games, but work with him, bring him up, but it’s a nightmare. It’s an absolute nightmare start for him, it’s an absolute nightmare start for Klopp because when he comes back it almost starts to reintegrate him into this team.

“It’s not tonight, Liverpool might still have won tonight. The problem now is how long it will be before he’s back with the team and you think he’ll probably just be on the bench even after those games.

“It could really be five or six weeks before you see him back in the Liverpool XI.”

Fellow expert Gary Neville argued that no one would have felt worse than Nunez after abandoning his side, who overcame their numerical disadvantage to secure a commendable point, but believes the opposing players will be looking to pick up the striker to target once he’s back in the league.

“I think the centre-back will try to provoke him now and push and provoke him. That’s what I would do if I played him in the next few weeks,” he said.

“I think Jurgen Klopp will have a star with him either tomorrow or the day after, but the player it hurts the most is yourself, which is the loneliest place on earth.

“It’s awful that you’re in that dressing room while they’re on the pitch, you feel like you let them down. You don’t have to say too much because it’s awful for her.’

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