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Darwin Nunez falls into Crystal Palace's trap as he is sent off for headbutting Joachim Andersen

Darwin Nunez falls into Crystal Palace’s trap when Liverpool’s £85million signing is ejected for giving Joachim Andersen a stupid headbutt…and the striker doesn’t yet have the technical mastery of Roberto Firmino

  • Summer signing Darwin Nunez was sent off when Liverpool faced Crystal Palace
  • Palace started with an aggressive game plan and Nunez fell into their trap
  • Nunez has quality but does not have the technical mastery of Roberto Firmino

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Crystal Palace complimented Darwin Nunez for coming up with a new aggressive game plan to stop him. They couldn’t have imagined how easily Liverpool’s whipped £85million forward would fall into their trap.

Nunez, on his first Liverpool start, lasted just 57 frustrating minutes against the rugged Palace back-five before the red mist descended to match his shirt.

In response to a shove in the back from Joachim Andersen, the 23-year-old Uruguayan leaned forward dumbly to headbutt his foe in the jaw.

Darwin Nunez was sent off on his first Liverpool start for headbutt Joachim Andersen

Darwin Nunez was sent off on his first Liverpool start for headbutt Joachim Andersen

It wasn’t the kind of comparison to compatriot Luis Suarez he wanted on his first Liverpool appearance at Anfield and there was nothing referee Paul Tierney could do but send him on a shameless walk through the tunnel.

The meltdown was also coming. After scoring three goals in his first two Liverpool games as a substitute, Nunez found his first start for Jürgen Klopp much tougher with Palace’s back-five with three strong centre-backs Joel Ward, Andersen and Marc Guehi choking him for time and space. .

Palace had an aggressive game plan and Nunez fell into their trap when he lunged at Andersen

Palace had an aggressive game plan and Nunez fell into their trap when he lunged at Andersen

Palace had an aggressive game plan and Nunez fell into their trap when he lunged at Andersen

Unable to use his blazing speed, it became clear that Nunez did not yet have the craftsmanship or technical mastery of Roberto Fimino, the striker he replaces.

And perhaps weighed down by the hype, when rare scoring opportunities came his way, Nunez sifted through them.

An early cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold found him six yards from the goal near the far post, but he misjudged the ball’s flight, twisted his body clumsily and volleyed badly wide.

An even better chance was lost on the stroke of half-time. Harvey Elliott spotted Nunez in front of his marker, fullback Nathaniel Clyne, but when the pass arrived, the striker slowed, letting Clyne close in and eventually made a weak contact with his finish.

It became clear that Nunez does not yet have the craftsmanship or technical mastery of Roberto Firmino

It became clear that Nunez does not yet have the craftsmanship or technical mastery of Roberto Firmino

It became clear that Nunez does not yet have the craftsmanship or technical mastery of Roberto Firmino

In between, there was a rushed challenge on Andersen at the halfway line and another move of his head to the defender, the type of strong, organized and disciplined central defender he will face in the Premier League this season.

In terms of X factor, Nunez is the equal of all of Klopp’s good forwards, but he currently seems to be falling short in terms of matching up with teammates.

Even Mo Salah looks like he’s trying to adapt to help Nunez, as Manchester City players are with Erling Haaland.

The Egyptian slipped a great pass for his colleague to run to, but as the Palace defenders drew closer, the striker’s return ball was not concise enough for Salah to shoot.

Nor will it have helped Nunez’s mood that Liverpool’s ‘other’ South American Luis Diaz scored a stunning equalizer after letting his side down and leaving the field.

Anfield legend Jamie Carragher said of Nunez before kick-off: “He seems to cause chaos when he’s on the pitch.” Unfortunately for Nunez, all the havoc on Monday night was self-inflicted.

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