'Listen to an a***hole, like me!': Nunez reveals Suarez advice

‘Listen to an a***hole like me!’: Darwin Nunez reveals advice Uruguay team-mate and ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez sent him after shocking red card for headbutt against Crystal Palace earlier this season

  • Darwin Nunez was sent off after allowing himself to lost control earlier this term
  • Uruguay striker is combative and was feeling pressure of expectation after move
  • He has now revealed that Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez has sent him advice 
  • Suarez was no stranger to controversy when he played up front for the Reds 

Darwin Nunez has revealed some sage advice from Luis Suarez, a man who knows all about the expectation of leading the line for Liverpool and losing his rag.

Earlier this season, Nunez headbutted Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen and was sent off at Anfield. 

He had a three-game ban to reflect on the huge error of judgement and has now spoken about a message he received from Uruguay team-mate Suarez afterwards. 

Darwin Nunez was sent off earlier this season after he headbutted Joachim Andersen

 The £85m arrival from Benfica was making his home debut but saw red at Anfield

Luis Suarez sent a message of advice and Nunez revealed he could not share all of it 

The £85million striker told ESPN: ‘”Listen to an a***hole like me”, he told me. I am very grateful for that message and the love it has for me.

‘It was a good thing because not many bother to pick up the phone and send you a message, I think his gesture was very important to me. Luis is a benchmark, an idol around the world.

‘I’m just starting out, I’m young, and he knows all these things because he’s even played in the Premier League with Liverpool. 

‘Luis told me that these things in the Premier are going to happen in all the games, that they are going to come looking for me, that they are going to hit me, and that I must become strong and I must not repeat the s**t he sent me.’

Nunez struggled initially despite scoring in the Community Shield win over Manchester City. 

But he has since found his feet and save for the odd mad moment or glaring miss, his production for the Reds has been impressive with four goals in his last five games. 

Suarez led the line magnificently for Liverpool between 2011-2014 but was no stranger to impulsive, reckless decision making himself. 

He infamously bit Branislav Ivanovic in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, leading the FA to ban him for 10 games. The forward was also given a one-game ban and £20,000 fine for swearing at Fulham fans in 2011. 

The striker has scored four in his last five games for the Reds and is settling in nicely 

His provocative dive in front of David Moyes after scoring in the Merseyside derby was another typically Suarez moment.  

Nunez and Suarez will both be in action for Uruguay at the World Cup and the younger man expects to make up for older legs around him. 

He added: ‘I think that the youngsters are going to be there to run, and the older ones to put the icing on the cake and to defend ourselves. 

‘Personally, I really want to experience my first World Cup, I hope it’s my turn, I have to fight to get there, and I hope it goes well for us and we get to the highest possible level.’

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