James Milner and his teammates will “rally around” Darwin Nunez after the striker was sent off on his home debut on Monday, Liverpool’s vice-captain has said.
The Uruguayan was dismissed just before the hour mark at Anfield by referee Paul Tierney during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace after he reacted to being shoved by Joachim Andersen by pushing his head into Dane’s face.
The Reds were 1-0 down at the time but still managed to salvage a point after Luis Diaz equalised Wilfried Zaha’s first-half opener with a thunderous effort from all 25 yards at the Kop end.
The hosts could have won it at the death, with Mohamed Salah and substitute Fabio Carvalho both going close with volleyed efforts, though Zaha also nearly snatched it at the other end.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Milner said Nunez would learn from his mistake with the help of his teammates.
The 36-year-old said:
“I didn’t see the incident.
“Obviously he’s going to be disappointed with that, and it’s down to us to get around him and rally. I’m sure he’ll learn from it.
“I think the reaction [from the team] was the most important thing.
“The team reacted well, and the ground reacted well – as they always do – they got right behind us.
“And we could’ve nicked a winner. It wasn’t to be, but we moved on.
“That’s what good teams do, they get together with disappointments and you stick together.
“We’ve got a great team spirit at the club.
“And you don’t have to say too much about the fans here.
“They’re incredible and always get behind us, especially when things are tough.
“They did that, and we rallied.
“It was disappointing not to get the winner.
“But I think the reaction was incredible from the boys – 10 men and kept pushing.”
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