Darwin Nunez called an 'idiot' by Luis Suarez for making Liverpool mistake - 'don't do that!'

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez with Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez playing for Uruguay

Darwin Nunez has lifted the lid on his close relationship with former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez - and explained why he was called an "idiot" by his fellow Uruguayan.

Current Reds forward Nunez and Suarez are expected to feature together for their country at the Copa America next month, which takes place in the United States between June 20 and July 14.

Nunez had a difficult start to his Liverpool career when he was sent off on his home debut in August 2022 for headbutting Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen.

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And Suarez, who was no stranger to controversy during more than three years at Anfield, had a pointed message for the 24-year-old.

“With Luis we sometimes talk about a little bit of everything," said Nunez. "For example, we talk about a lady in the Liverpool kitchen who adores Luis very much. The last time we talked about her, she sent her regards.

“Off the field we have a very good bond, I always follow him because Luis is an idol for me, and he also advises me a lot. For example, the time the headbutt thing happened, Luis was the first to write to me.

“'You idiot, don't do that, another idiot who told you a thousand times is talking to you,' he told me. With Luis we created a very nice bond."

Speaking to ESPN Uruguay, Nunez also detailed his friendship with fellow South Americans and Liverpool team-mates Alexis Mac Allister and Luis Diaz. “They are two excellent people, two friends that I have in the locker room every day," he said. “We try to share all the moments in the club from the moment we arrive until the moment we leave.

"Luchito is a very happy person, he is very funny. He is calmer. We are always together talking about the games, a little bit of everything and also about how close the Copa America is, time flies and we already really want to be there.”

Nunez and Mac Allister share a trademark goal celebration should either score where they pretend to share a maté, which is a traditional South American drink regularly enjoyed by the duo.

“It all started because he criticised my maté," explained Nunez. "One day we were sitting at the table, he criticised my maté again and it occurred to us that whoever scored a goal, the other would give him a maté. It all came from there."