Winners, losers and Liverpool ratings as Nunez sees red and Diaz saves Klopp’s side
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What was the Uruguayan’s thought?
With Liverpool 1-0 down, Anfield pissed off and cool, Nunez did exactly what his team didn’t need him to. He reacted to a small provocation from Joachim Andersen and left the Palace defender in a heap.
Paul Tierney didn’t hesitate to show the red card and Nunez had to be escorted off the field by James Milner.
It cost his side here, and it will cost them in the weeks to come. There will be no Nunez at Old Trafford next week, nor against Bournemouth or Newcastle after that. With resources already depleted, Klopp could have done without a moment of sheer stupidity from his new big-money centre-forward.
Hopes for a title race
Two games in, four points lost. It’s almost absurd to say, but it goes a long way, given the standards set at the top of the Premier League in recent years. More worrying, however, is the fact that Liverpool look nothing like the team we’re used to seeing, and the fact that their injury list is longer than any other team in the league. Without the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate they are a much weaker proposition – and Manchester City will be pleased with what they have seen so far.
How lucky are you? After waiting so long for an opportunity to play centre-back in the Premier League, Gomez’s chance seemed to have arrived when Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip were hit with ill-timed injuries.
But a hit on the training ground meant Gomez was deemed fit enough for the bench, and Nat Phillips was given the nod instead.
Expensive for the English international, and for Liverpool too perhaps. An in-form Gomez would certainly have been more useful against Palace’s counterattacking threat, as he showed after coming on for Phillips in the second half here.