Jurgen Klopp has launched an attack on brothers Phil and Gary Neville after their recent criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The 23-year-old shot-stopper has come under fire from fans and pundits after questionable performances against Bournemouth and West Ham United, which could be seen as a factor to why the Reds dropped five points over the two games.
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The German goalkeeper moved from Mainz to Liverpool over the summer for £4.7 million as an alternative to Simon Mignolet and has played in 10 Premier League games this season.
The brothers, who played for arch rivals Manchester United, have been accused of promoting an anti-Liverpool agenda by Klopp, who went on to question Gary’s credentials after his short spell as Valencia coach.
“First of all my job is to protect the players as much as I can but I am not on the pitch so I cannot go with them,” Klopp told The Guardian.
“Criticism from outside is normal, for me, the players, the goalkeeper.
“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 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 so why do we let him talk about players on television?”
The manager had no reply to whether he would replace Karius with Mignolet for the next couple of games after the former’s inconsistency.
“No answer for this,” he said.
“Everything I say creates a story. If I say he plays, it’s this, if I say no, it’s this.
“There is absolutely no answer. Nothing has changed in terms of what I say in public.”
Liverpool’s next three games until the new year include trips to Middlesbrough and rivals Everton, before home matches against Stoke City and top four competitors Manchester City.