Klopp bawls out Gary Neville for glib remarks about Karius
Liverpool's manager has had enough of the ex-United player's flippant comments: "I don't know why they allow him to talk on television".
Without naming him directly, Jürgen Klopp had a few words to say about Gary Neville who he believes has shown that he is not qualified to judge players on television. The former Manchester United player, now a pundit for Sky Sports, had been critical of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius following Liverpool's 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth - a match the Reds had been winning 1-3 until the final minutes. Neville said Karius was directly to blame for Nathan Aké's stoppage-time winner. The German keeper responded in an interview given to the Daily Mail a few days later - prompting an exchange of jibes on Twitter and Instagram and involving ex-Liverpool captain Jaime Carragher who intervened: "Stop bullying our goalkeeper".
In yesterday's press conference, Klopp was asked about his thoughts on seeing one of his players shot down in flames. “It’s part of our life", the manager explained. "First of all it’s my job to protect the players as much as I can in different situations but in the end, they are alone out on the pitch and I cannot be with them. You will always receive criticism; I am not surprised about it. A lot of them, completely forgot about how it felt when they got criticized and the one who was a manager, he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps but he is not interested in helping a Liverpool player I imagine... He showed that he struggled with the job to judge players and yet he is allowed to talk about players on television – personally, I wouldn’t. The only thing I can do is listen, to them. I’m pretty sure that Carra doesn’t speak too positively about Man United players and obviously the Neville brothers don’t like Liverpool but I have no problem with that, I think they tried to cause us bigger problems than we already have. Oh, and by the way, you can tell him that I’m not on Twitter”.
However, it didn't end there. On his Twitter account, Neville stoked the situation further, writing: "Haha, I'm not a chef but I know a good steak !".
Klopp is expected to stick with Karius as his first choice between the sticks in tomorrow's meeting with Middlesbrough.