Darwin Nunez slammed for not clapping Jurgen Klopp during guard of honour after final Liverpool game

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Jurgen Klopp was given a guard of honour by Liverpool’s players and staff (Getty)

Darwin Nunez has been slammed by Liverpool supporters after he failed to applaud Jurgen Klopp during his guard of honour at Anfield on Sunday.

Klopp said farewell to Liverpool fans on the final day of the Premier League season, calling time on his nine-year stint in the Premier League.

The 56-year-old, who guided Liverpool to seven major trophies during his time at Anfield, was given a guard of honour by players and staff following the 2-0 win at home to Wolves.

Video footage from a Liverpool supporter shows every player clapping Klopp as he walked by, however, Nunez stood with his arms down and with one hand over the other.

Liverpool supporters also noticed Nunez’s demeanour during Klopp’s speech to the squad inside the dressing room after the game as the Uruguay international sat there at one point with his head in his hand and, once again, did not applaud the German.

Every player clapped as Klopp made his way through the guard of honour. All except one. The same player that couldn’t have looked less interested during his final post-match team talk. pic.twitter.com/OypqO6Dolj— matt (@ynwamatt) May 19, 2024

After watching the footage, one Liverpool supporter wrote on X: ‘Get him gone. Haven’t seen a player given so much love by the fans and manager and yet be so ungrateful.’

Another Liverpool fan wrote: ‘To those saying it’s not a big deal, it really is. I love Nunez as a player – he is electric. But this isn’t a player issue. This is a character issue. Just clap. It’s simple.

‘If he can’t figure that out or, even worse, didn’t clap intentionally, then we need to look at if he is a fit for Liverpool over the summer.’

“I just want to say, I love you.” ❤️

Jürgen delivers a speech to his squad one last time 🗣️ #DankeJürgen pic.twitter.com/l8fKItD0av— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 19, 2024

Nunez, who was signed in an £85 million deal from Benfica in June 2022, sparked speculation over his future earlier this month when he removed all Liverpool-related posts from his Instagram account.

Klopp, however, dismissed rumours of Nunez leaving Liverpool this summer and defended the 24-year-old’s performances this season.

‘He was unlucky in so many situations, where he’s doing everything right, then the ball still doesn’t go in,’ Klopp said.

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‘It’s really tough for a young man. He knows about the expectations, he has big expectations for himself. He has to go through it. It’s part of a footballer’s career. That’s all.

‘His problem is that he is that good that he is constantly in these moments. If he is a little bit less good, he couldn’t have chances then people would say he’s not great.

‘How may goals did he score? 18 [overall] and 11 [in the league], not bad numbers. It’s just because of his quality, constantly in these situations, then people say ‘eh?’.

‘And because of our situation as a team, if somebody else would score in that moment, people wouldn’t have felt that bad. Nobody likes it, but it’s part of a career. That’s it.’

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