Jurgen Klopp says that his criticism of Gary and Phil Neville was partly meant in jest, despite the fact it took up plenty of column inches and was described as a ‘war of words’ in many circles.
Liverpool’s manager took objection from over zealous analysis of the German’s poor performances versus Bournemouth and West Ham, asking why they had a right to air such harsh views when they failed so badly at Valencia!
Our fans loved this rebuke, but according to the boss, he wasn’t looking for a fight and simply wanted to remind the pundits that they were once players too and to remember how this kind of criticism would have affected them.
“Maybe I can say it clearly: my criticism of pundits was not for one second serious,” Klopp said, reported by Yahoo.
“I only wanted to show how it feels to get criticised without having anything wrong, only with doing or saying for one second the wrong thing.
“The pundits need to know how it feels, so that is why I said it.”
Despite publicly backing Karius, Klopp pulled him out of the firing line last night and it proved to be the right decision, with replacement Simon Mignolet excellent in our 3-0 win.
The Belgian can now expect a run of games in the side, with Everton at Goodison Park next, followed by key home games versus Stoke and Manchester City between Christmas and New Year.
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