Liverpool started winless in their first two matches of the Premier League season, and they also had to do without their prized summer signing Darwin Nunez for three matches after the red card he picked up against Crystal Palace.
The Reds only managed to draw 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Anfield in Matchweek 2, to go with the 2-2 result they salvaged at Fulham on the opening weekend. And the Nunez red card was insult to injury.
And with star striker Nunez being given his marching orders, Jurgen Klopp's side faced a complicated stretch after already slipping behind Manchester City in the title race.
The Sporting News analyses everyth messi barcelona shirt ing you need to know about the Uruguayan forward's red card.
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Why did Darwin Nunez receive a red card?
Referee Paul Tierney showed Nunez a straight red card in the 57th minute after the striker headbutted Palace defender Jo psg messi jersey sales achim Andersen with the Reds 1-0 down at that point.
After being shoved from behind by Andersen, Nunez turned around and hit the Danish centre-half with a headbutt, knocking him to the ground.
There was no doubt Tierney was correct to brandish a red card to the Uruguayan for violent conduct.
It completed a nightmare Anfield league debut for Nunez, who struggled to have an impact on the match before leaving his team with 10 men and a one-goal deficit.
Luckily for him, Liverpool did manage to equalise via Luis Diaz four minutes after the red card, but the Reds would have liked their chances to come away with a win had they had their full complement of players on the pitch.
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"Then getting the red card — now of course it's a red card and it happened," Klopp said post-match. "It was provoked all the t new psg shirts ime, but that's not how he should behave.
"He knows that now himself [that he let his teammates down] I will talk to him. It makes no sense when I talk now too much about it psg shirt rebel in public. You see it. It's absolutely not the reaction you want to see.
"The challenge from the centre-half — they will do that to him [Nunez]. They want to have him. He's a handful himself. That's not the reaction.
"I don't know how long he will be suspended. That's the situation. So we will use it for physical work [for Nunez]. Not as punishment, but to make him stronger. And that's what we will try."
How long is Darwin Nunez's suspension?
Nunez was suspended for three English domestic matches for the headbutt on Andersen, with the offence being classified as 'violent conduct'.
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Which games will Darwin Nunez miss?
The Uruguayan was also absent from home Premier League matches against Bournemouth and Newcastle.
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How did Liverpool replace Darwin Nunez?
While the Reds' squad is flushed with attacking options, replacing Nunez was still challenging because of injury issues.
Diogo Jota was not available for the game against Manchester United because of a troublesome hamstring injury suffered in pre-season.
Roberto Firmino also missed the Palace game as a 'precaution' with the e psg shirts by year xact nature of his injury not disclosed. But he recovered to start at center forward for all three matches that Nunez missed,
Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz were also available to play as two of the front three attackers, featuring alongside Firmino in all three matches.