Klopp hits out at Sky Sports pundit after critical comments about Liverpool ace
By Amir Mir
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and questioned why someone of his managerial ability is allowed to talk about players on TV.
Former Manchester United defender Neville was critical of Reds ace Loris Karius following his display during the 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth on December 4.
This promoted the German goalkeeper to hit back at the former England international by stating he is not bothered about what he thinks.
BBC pundit Phil Neville also provided stern words for the 23-year-old by saying he needs to be quiet and get on with his work following Karius’ comments.
Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to the north east on Wednesday night where they take on Middlesbrough, Klopp provided this simple message to Karius’ critics.
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“The pundits are the former players a lot of them and forgot obviously completely how it felt when they got criticised,” said Klopp, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “Especially the Neville brothers who I have to say really, the one who was the manager (Gary) he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps – but he’s not interested in helping a Liverpool player I can imagine.
“But that makes the things he says not more sense. He showed that he struggled with the job to judge players. Why do we let them talk about players on television? I wouldn’t but the only thing I can do is I don’t listen to them.”
Karius’ keeping ability was questioned once more during the Reds 2-2 draw against West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
The former FC Mainz player could have saved Dimitri Payet’s free kick which cancelled out Adam Lallana’s opener at Anfield.
Versatile attacker Michail Antonio then put his side ahead before the break, but striker Divock Origi pounced on a mistake from Hammers keeper Darren Randolph to share the spoils.
Karius has made 11 Premier League and EFL Cup appearances for Klopp’s side this term, helping them keep four clean sheets in the process.
Belgian Simon Mignolet was the regular shot stopper last season, but he has been kept on the bench during the majority of this campaign by the club’s summer signing.
In other Liverpool news, Dietmar Hamman and Jamie Carragher traded insults on Twitter.