BBC pundit and former Manchester United star Phil Neville has joined the chorus of experts criticising Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
As noted by Sky Sports, the German shot-stopper hit back at Gary Neville last week after he echoed Jamie Carragher’s thoughts over whether or not he was good enough to play for Liverpool.
That decision to respond has been criticised across the board, with Carragher himself insisting that Karius would be well-advised to “shut up and just do your job”, as noted in the report above.
It came after another mistake from the 23-year-old as he failed to keep out a Dimitri Payet free-kick in a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday when he really should have done much better.
While he may well merely just be sticking up for his brother and taking his chance to have a pop at a Liverpool player, Neville shared his thoughts on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night and was critical of Karius over his actions off the pitch rather than on it.
Neville insisted that mistakes happen and as a goalkeeper he’ll come under more scrutiny, but he advised him to “keep your mouth shut”, focus on working hard in training and respond with top performances instead of doing newspaper interviews while under pressure.
Despite host Mark Chapman and fellow pundit Alan Shearer sticking up for the under-fire Liverpool man, Neville wasn’t having any of it and the pressure will be on Karius moving forward to bounce back and prove that he can be the first-choice between the posts.
Jurgen Klopp has Simon Mignolet waiting in the wings for an opportunity, but time will tell as to whether or not the Liverpool boss keeps faith in his summer signing.