Liverpool icon Luis Suarez has weighed in on Darwin Nunez’ forgettable home debut against Crystal Palace.
Nunez set the world alight with a goal and assist from the bench away to Fulham in Liverpool’s Premier League opener, but received his marching orders in a troubled Anfield debut against Palace.
Jurgen Klopp’s side went on to draw the game 1-1 and must now head to Old Trafford in search of their first league win this season, without Nunez available due to his antics.
The 23-year-old signed for Liverpool in a deal that could be worth a club-record £85 million but came under heavy criticism online for his showings in pre-season.
It appeared as though he bounced back from that with strong performances in the Community Shield and Liverpool‘s Premier League opening stalemate away to Fulham, but he was brought back down to earth against Palace at Anfield.
With much expected of the Uruguayan on his home debut, he became embroiled in a tussle with defender Joachim Andersen throughout the evening, becoming visibly frustrated as the game drew on.
And with Palace ahead, Nunez seemed to kick out at Andersen with a headbutt that wasn’t picked up to the outrage of Palace fans. However, justice was served around the hour mark when Nunez lost his cool again and headbutted Andersen, sending the defender to the floor and getting sent off in the process.
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It proved incredibly costly for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they could only pull back one goal and leave with a draw, and has resulted in criticism of Nunez again from all angles.
VIDEO: Suarez’s interview with Telemundo
"Te lo dice un boludo que se equivocó y la pasó mal": Suárez contó qué le dijo a Darwin Núñez tras su expulsión en Liverpool.— Telemundo (@TelemundoUY) August 18, 2022
📺Esta noche en la Edición Central de Telemundo la entrevista completa. pic.twitter.com/5nN72tx9Sa
Speaking to the interview, Liverpool’s heroic Uruguayan stated: “I talked to him because he is just starting out, and I wanted to make him aware that from now on [opponents] will be seeking him out twice or three times more often.
“The problem is that he’s only just arrived over there and in England, to put it lightly, they make a big deal out of everything.”
He added, harking back to mistakes he made himself in the past: “He’s hearing this from an idiot who made mistakes and suffered for them, but falling down and getting up again made me stronger.
“Don’t give them any more chances, it’ll only get worse.”
Fair play to Suarez, now 35, to come out and take so much responsibility for his own poor behavioural issues in the past. It takes a lot to do that so candidly.
And with just how rampant a goalscorer he proved to be throughout a glistening career for club and country, his words will no doubt prove vital to Nunez, who can learn a lot from his own mistakes and the mistakes of his fellow countryman.
Suarez is now plying his trade back in Uruguay with Nacional, closing the chapter on his career in Europe after leaving Atletico Madrid.
He bagged 82 goals and 47 assists in 133 games for Liverpool, before moving to Barcelona and forming one of the most lethal trios football will ever witness, alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.