Liverpool icon Dietmar Hamann has defended Darwin Nunez for his headbutt over Joachim Andersen and told fans the Uruguay striker ‘just walked into’ the Crystal Palace defender. Nunez received his marching orders 57 minutes into his Anfield debut as the Reds were held to another Premier League draw.
Nunez received his first competitive start for Liverpool on Monday night after coming off the bench to score one goal and assist another in his side’s 2-2 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend. But his night ended in dramatic fashion as he floored Andersen with his head after the Denmark international pushed his arm out and pointed at his face.
The former Benfica striker is set to be banned for at least three games after the incident – but Hamann doesn’t think it was as bad as people are making it out to be.
“I think he just went inside – it wasn’t even a whim,” Hamann said. talkSPORT as he revealed his extraordinary theory. “I think he just got into the defender, Joachim Andersen. If it was a good whim, I could understand him extending the ban. But he just got into him. Three games is enough. »
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“When I first saw him in real time I thought maybe the defender was earning a bit more than he was,” added the former Germany international. “But obviously after you saw he hit him on the chin. I don’t know if there’s any considerable force with his head. I think he just went inside and yeah he shouldn’t do it.
“Of course he let himself down and let his team down. And he didn’t help Liverpool even though after he was sent off they started playing better than they did with him.