Jurgen Klopp had an epic reaction to the Nottingham Forest fans’ chant against Darwin Nunez, after the substitute scored Liverpool’s 99th-minute winner at The City Ground.
The Uruguayan player came off the bench, but came on late to secure the winning goal for the Reds in added time, to the fury of the home team and their fans.
Núñez was greeted with hostile chants from Nottingham Forest fans when he entered the field, replacing Andy Robertson in the 60th minute.
Forest fans chanted in the direction of the 24-year-old striker: “You’re so *** Andy Carroll.”
However, he scored the winning goal in the final seconds of the match, receiving a beautiful cross with his head and directing the ball into the bottom corner.
Jurgen Klopp laughed at a derogatory chant about Darwin Nunez after the 99th-minute winner.
Nottingham Forest fans declared Nunez a ‘shitty Andy Carroll’ when he came on as a substitute
Klopp said he understood Carroll’s reference from the fans and felt Nunez understood it too.
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After the match, Klopp said: ‘I wouldn’t sing a song like that. I wouldn’t try to wind up Darwin!’
The German manager, who will leave Anfield at the end of the season, added: “People should start singing that song (‘s*** Andy Carroll’) more often!”
Klopp revealed that he understood the reference and believed that Nunez also knew what the chant meant.
However, the goal sparked controversy, with referee analyst Mark Clattenburg arguing Nottingham Forest’s case to PGMOL after Núñez’s late goal was allowed to stand.
Instead of returning possession after a head injury to Ibrahima Konate, goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher picked a teammate and Liverpool went on the attack, which Clattenburg said was against the laws of the game.
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis could also face criticism from the FA after bursting into the tunnel to confront the match officials after the match.
The game was stopped due to a head injury to Ibrahima Konate, but Liverpool did not return the ball
Klopp’s men achieved three victories in one week in different competitions thanks to Núñez’s goal
This meant Liverpool made it three wins in three competitions over the course of a week, after winning the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and beating Southampton in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
Liverpool travel to Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night, before playing title rivals Manchester City at home on March 10.