Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen has praised his own role in making Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez “a little bit angry” before his sending off.
Nunez, who signed from Benfica in the summer for a fee that could rise to £85m, was shown a red card for headbutting Andersen during the Reds’ 1-1 draw against Palace.
The Uruguayan has adapted well to life at Liverpool with a goal in each of his first two competitive outings for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, after facing a battle from Andersen throughout the game against the Eagles, Nunez eventually snapped and floored the Denmark international.
And Andersen thinks Nunez was “really stupid” for headbutting him after already warning him earlier in the match about the potential consequences.
“The whole game I sat really close to him, I annoyed him a lot and did well against him. I think that’s why he was a little bit angry with me,” Andersen told Viaplay after the match.
“In that situation, he headbutted me, the first one, at a cross, and I told him he shouldn’t do that.
“I was angry with him. Then he did it again which is, for me, really stupid. A clear red card.”
Klopp pointed to the “provocation” from Andersen after the match but admitted that the Liverpool striker had “made a mistake”.
“Of course, I will speak with him,” Klopp told a reporter.
“Provocation and definitely wrong reaction, he will learn off that. Unfortunately he has now three games to do that. It is not cool for us but it is how it is.
“I came in and wanted to see the situation – in the game I could not see anything so I could know what happened: I saw Andersen on the floor and Darwin walking away.
“Then I saw it – yes it is a red card. Wrong reaction in the situation. Andersen wanted that, he got it but he (Nunez) made a mistake.”
Klopp has a growing injury list at Anfield and he insists it was like having a “witch in the building” at Kirkby this week.
“The week was crazy; I have experienced a lot of weeks but that was like we had a witch in the building,” added Klopp.
“Honestly, like every day somebody else pulled out (of training) for the craziest reasons.
“Joel will be two weeks. We will see with that. Joey didn’t start because he only trained yesterday again as at the start of the week, (he had) a little issue.
“Bobby (Firmino) couldn’t make it. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) this morning, we got the information there was a little concern about something if he plays too long, so he didn’t play that long.
“That’s the situation. It was not too cool.”