Nunez red card costs Liverpool more ground in draw with Palace
Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha (front) fights for the ball with Liverpool's midfielder Luis Diaz during the English Premier League football match at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on Monday. (Photo: AFP)

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom (AFP) — Liverpool fought back with 10 men to prevent a first Premier League defeat in front of fans at Anfield since 2017 as Darwin Nunez was sent off during a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.

Luis Diaz's sensational strike salvaged a point for the Reds after Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring for Palace in the first half.

Just two games into the season, Liverpool trail leaders Manchester City by four points with their new 75-million-euro (£63 million, $77 million) striker largely to blame.

Nunez had scored in his first two appearances against City in the Community Shield and in rescuing a point as a substitute in a 2-2 draw away at Fulham last weekend.

But the Uruguayan's headbutt on Joachim Andersen just before the hour mark left his side with an uphill challenge in the match and increasing ground to make up already in the title race.

"He knows that now himself," said Jurgen Klopp when asked if Nunez had let his teammates down.

"Of course it was a red card. He was provoked but that is not how he should behave."

Liverpool partly dug themselves out of a hole thanks to Diaz's brilliant equaliser and Klopp said he was bursting with pride at how the 10 men reacted after a difficult week caused by an early-season injury crisis.

Roberto Firmino, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate were all sidelined, while Joe Gomez was only fit enough for an appearance off the bench.

Nat Phillips was forced to make his first Premier League appearance since the final day of the 2020/21 season at centre-back, while Klopp had no options to refresh his attack late in the game.

"The real feeling I have at the moment is pride," added Klopp. "With the week's preparation we had it was unbelievable. It was like a witch was in the building every time someone else had a problem."

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