Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is facing an “absolute nightmare” with Darwin Nunez unlikely to be back in the starting XI for another “five or six weeks”.
The Uruguayan, who signed from Benfica this summer in a deal potentially worth £85m, was sent off in their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace for headbutting Joachim Andersen.
And now Nunez faces a three-match ban before attempting to convince Klopp that he warrants a place back in his Liverpool starting XI.
Carragher, who was watching the game in the Sky Sports Monday Night Football studio, reckons it could be a while before Nunez is starting a match again for Liverpool.
The Liverpool legend said on Sky Sports: “What can he say? He can’t go in all guns blazing. He can be frustrated and he’ll speak to the lad. But Darwin Nunez will know more than anyone that he’s made a huge mistake.
“There’s no debate, everyone knows that. No Liverpool supporter can be having a go at Anderson, I know they were booing him in the stadium but that’s just what happens now that’s what supporters do. He’ll speak to him he mentioned he’ll support him almost like another pre-season.
“He’s not going to 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.
“A lot of the time you can’t train properly because there are so many games but work with him, get him up but it’s a nightmare. It’s an absolute nightmare start for him, it’s a nightmare start for Klopp because when he comes back it’s almost starting again to integrate him into that team.
“It’s not tonight, Liverpool could still maybe have won tonight the problem is now how long it’s going to be until he’s back now in the team and you think he’ll probably only be on the bench after those games as well.
“It could be really five or six weeks before you see him back in the Liverpool XI.”
Carragher’s fellow pundit Gary Neville reckons other defenders will now look to wind Nunez up when he returns to the fold.
“I think centre-back will try and provoke him now and push him and provoke him that’s what I’d do if I was playing against him the next few weeks,” Neville added.
“I think Jurgen Klopp will have a stern with him either tomorrow or the day after but the player it hurts most is yourself that is the loneliest place in the world.
“It’s horrible you’re in that dressing room while they’re out on the pitch, you feel you’ve let them down. You don’t need to say too much because it’s awful for them.”