‘Are you free for an appointment today?’: Specsavers pokes fun at Dietmar Hamann for claiming Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez should NOT have been sent off for a headbutt for ‘running into’ Joachim Andersen
- Darwin Nunez was sent off to Liverpool in the 57th minute of Crystal Palace’s draw
- The £85million summer tally has now been suspended for three games for the Reds
- Jurgen Klopp’s men save a point with Luis Diaz’s goal four minutes later
- Dietmar Hamann says Nunez was unlucky to see red, prompting Specsavers
Specsavers took to Twitter to fool Dietmar Hamann by encouraging him to book an eye test after claiming Darwin hadn’t been allowed to see Nunez red in Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace.
Nunez plunged back to earth on Monday night – after a solid start in the Premier League – when he was sent off on his Anfield debut for headbutting Joachim Andersen.
The £85million summer tally was settled by his marker’s attention and has now been banned for three games, starting at Manchester United on Monday.
Specsavers ridiculed Dietmar Hamann after claiming Darwin should not have seen Nunez red in Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace
Uruguayan Nunez was sent off on his Anfield debut for headbutting Joachim Andersen
Liverpool fought back from a goal to claim a 1-1 draw against Patrick Vieira’s men, with Luis Diaz scoring four minutes after Nunez’s sacking in the 57th minute.
But Germany’s ex-international Hamann believes the Uruguay star was unlucky when he got his marching orders, insisting that he simply ‘walk in’ the Dane without ‘extensive violence’.
“I think he just ran into defender Joachim Andersen. It wasn’t even a headbutt,’ Hamann told talkSPORT.
“If it was quite a headbutt, I would understand an extension of the ban. I think three games is enough.
Ex-midfielder Hamann believes Uruguay star was unlucky when he got his marching orders
The former German star insists he just ‘walked in’ the Dane without ‘extensive violence’
“We all agree that he shouldn’t do it. When I first saw it in real time, I think the defender made more of it than it was.
“But afterwards, of course, he saw that he hit him on the chin. But I’m not sure there’s a lot of power with his head.
“He let himself and the team down and it didn’t help Liverpool, even though they started to play better after he was sent off than with him.”
Nunez’ team-mate Virgil van Dijk, however, did not offer a comparable defense and insisted that he should be more disciplined in the future.
“He absolutely has to control himself,” Van Dijk insisted. “He needs to manage himself, knowing that these things can happen, especially in the Premier League.
Nunez is now banned for three games, starting Monday at Manchester United
“He has the support of us and he knows it shouldn’t happen again and hopefully it will.
“He was disappointed and probably with himself. But it is a learning curve and of course we will always support him. Hopefully it never happens again.’
With Nunez’s sacking, Klopp faces a striker crisis for Old Trafford with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino among eight players unavailable due to injury.
Palace defender Andersen has since called on Instagram and the Premier League to ‘do something’ about the despicable online abuse he received after his part in the red card.
Virgil van Dijk (left) made no apologies for Nunez despite Luis Diaz (right) scoring equalizer
Nunez’s sacking leaves Klopp with a striker crisis ahead of their next game at Old Trafford