Alan Hutton has claimed Darwin Nunez is no longer a “nailed on starter” at Liverpool after his red card against Crystal Palace.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said Nunez will have to “fight his way back into the team”.
As shown on Sky Sports (14 August), the 23-year-old was shown a red card after lashing out at Palace defender Joachim Andersen in the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Monday.
The Uruguay international is now facing a three-match ban for violent conduct.
Speaking to club media (15 August), Jurgen Klopp said it was the “wrong reaction” from the striker.
Hutton suggested Klopp will have aired his frustrations with Nunez.
“The red mist clearly came down,” he told Football Insider.
“He definitely lost it and it actually almost happened just before. Andersen had a little pull on his arm and they had a little tussle just before the actual incident. Nunez needs to remember it’s one of the best leagues in the world, it’s physical, this is going to happen.
“The thing now is, if I’m a defender, and I’m playing against him I’m going to try and rattle him, wind him up because you know he’s got that fiery side to his game.
“You could tell Jurgen Klopp was raging after it. That’s two games they’ve dropped points, they’re in a difficult position. Klopp has probably gone mental at him and he’ll have been fined and he’ll have to fight his way back into the team. He’s not a definite starter now for me after that incident.“