Darwin Nunez has issued an apology following his red card during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Anfield.
The Uruguay international, who arrived from Benfica for a reported £64million (€75m), endured a frustrating home debut for the Reds, which culminated in an early bath after a headbutt on Palace defender Joachim Andersen.
Nunez had registered five shots – none of which were on target – when he reacted after a sustained period of provocation from Andersen just before the hour mark, throwing his head into the face of the centre-half.
The striker became only the second Liverpool player to be dismissed on his first home Premier League appearance; exactly 12 years after Joe Cole was given his marching orders in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Nunez has since taken to Twitter to express his remorse over the incident, posting: “I am aware of the ugly attitude I had. I’m here to learn from my mistakes and it won’t happen again. Apologies to Liverpool. I’ll be back.”
The 23-year-old will now miss Liverpool’s mouth-watering showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford next Monday, as well as back-to-back home games against Bournemouth and Newcastle United.