Crystal Palace center back Joachim Andersen says he received “3 – 400” abusive messages on Instagram last night. Some of the messages included death threats to Andersen and his family.
Crystal Palace expects to file a police report to protect their player.
The defender was involved in an incident that saw Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez sent off at Anfield.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan headbutted Andersen in the second half of the match.
A moment of madness for Nunez
It was a shambolic debut for the Reds’ new forward, who’ll now miss three games, including Monday’s clash against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp criticized his young player after the match.
“Darwin knows [he let his teammates down]. I will talk to him. It was not a reaction we want to see,” the German said during his post-match interview with Sky Sports.
“He knew he would be challenged in this way, center-halves will do that, but it is not a reaction we want. But we will use the time productively.
“We will use the suspension for physical work to make him strong – not a punishment but to make him stronger.”
Andersen: victim of the headbutt
Andersen demonstrated how easy it was to rattle up the Uruguayan striker, who failed to hit the target with his five attempted shots before the bust-up.
Unfortunately, Anderson played victim to a Zidane-like headbutt.
“The whole game I sat really close to him, I annoyed him a lot and did well against him. I think that’s why he was a little bit angry with me,” Andersen said in an interview with Viaplay.
“In that situation, he headbutted me, the first one, at a cross, and I told him he shouldn’t do that. I was angry with him. Then he did it again which is, for me, really stupid. A clear red card.”