Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his new goalkeeper Loris Karius following criticism of the summer signing’s performances in recent games against Bournemouth and West Ham.
After the 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth, Sky Sports Pundit Gary Neville said the summer signing from Mainz was ‘miles away’, only for Karius to respond in an interview published at the weekend by saying: “He was a manager for a short bit and now he is back to being an expert again.”
The Liverpool manager said: “First of all my job is to protect the players as much as I can but I am not in the pitch so I cannot go with them.
“The pundits, former players most of them, forgot completely how it felt when they got criticised.
“Especially the Neville brothers: the one who was the manager (Gary), he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps.
“But he is not interested in helping a Liverpool player, I can imagine, but that makes the things he says not make more sense.
“He showed he struggled with the job to judge players [during his managerial spell with Valencia] when he was manager so why do we let him talk about players on television?
“I don’t listen to them. I am pretty sure Carra [Jamie Carragher] doesn’t speak too positively about Man United players.
“Obviously the Neville brothers don’t like Liverpool, I have no problem with that and if they can cause bigger problems than we have already they have tried.”
In a parting shot to Gary Neville, Klopp added: “By the way, you can tell him I am not on Twitter so if he wants to tell me something Twitter doesn’t help.”
Neville’s fellow pundit and former Liverpool defender Carragher has also been unimpressed with Karius’ displays.
But the goalkeeper’s fellow German and Carragher’s former teammate Didi Hammann labelled Neville and Carragher’s criticism ‘laughable’.