15 minutes into the second half, there was a coming together between Nunez and Palace defender Joachim Andersen, which left the Danish international on the ground.
Referee Paul Tierney didn’t hesitate to flash the red card to the 23-year-old, who cost the Reds $110 million in a record transfer from Benfica during the off-season.
There was initial confusion as the incident occurred off the ball, but one replay was all it took for fans and pundits alike.
“You can’t do that,” Martin Tyler said on commentary.
“A bit of provocation but the referee had no choice.”
It capped off a frustrating day for Nunez, which also saw him miss a glorious chance in first half stoppage time, with his team trailing 1-0 thanks to a sharp finish from Wilfried Zaha.
“For a moment he’s just lost his head, and he’s done completely the wrong thing,” former Leeds and Liverpool defender Jim Beglin added.
The home side rallied from this setback as Luis Diaz, another import from the Portuguese league, produced a superb solo goal to level the scores – but it wasn’t enough and the title favourites remained winless after two games.
“Everything went against us during the week,” Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said afterwards.
“It was crazy – it was like a witch was in the building.
“Every time somebody else had problems and then putting in such a performance, especially in the circumstances, I’m really proud.”
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