By Harvey Byrne
Phil Neville believes that Jurgen Klopp’s decision to drop Loris Karius from Liverpool’s Wednesday evening clash against Middlesbrough was the right one.
The 23-year-old summer singing from Mainz has failed to impress in his first 11 appearances for the club with a catalogue of high profile errors.
His most notable mistakes have come in his last two matches against Bournemouth and West Ham, which saw Liverpool miss out on all three points on both occasions.
Belgium international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet came in for the German against Boro and managed to keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory at the Riverside Stadium.
BBC pundit Neville, alongside brother Gary and ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher have been some of Karius’ harshest critics this season.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on Wednesday evening, as quoted by the official Twitter page Neville backed Klopp’s decision, but stated Karius will come back from it.
“My advice wasn’t that this goalkeeper was no good,” told Neville to 5 Live. “The decision to take him out the firing line was the right one.
“Karius is a young goalkeeper. He will bounce back.”
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) December 15, 2016
Liverpool’s clean sheet on Wednesday marked just their fourth in the league campaign from their 16 fixtures.
They have the second worst goals against tally out of the league’s top 10, but they do boast the best goals for total, which has seen them up to second place.
The Reds are currently six points behind league leaders Chelsea with a clash against Everton in the Merseyside derby coming up on Monday.
In other Liverpool news, Martin Tyler believes the Reds should sign this 29-year-old if they are to win the title.