Gary Neville harshly criticized Loris Karius, the former Liverpool No. 1 back in 2016. The pundit later felt regret for his remarks after admitting he had gone too far
Loris Karius’s horror show in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid has changed his career and he is currently fourth-choice at the club.
However, the infamous Liverpool performance was not his only mistake. His mistakes also cost him his side in the Premier League earlier that season, when he lost to Bournemouth 4-3.
Gary Neville was harshly critical of Karius during Monday Night Football after the loss back in 2016. He claimed that the German was “not good enough”And that Liverpool would never win with him in goal.
The former United captain now regrets his words and admits that he was too harsh.
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Neville, five years ago, said to Sportsmail that he had made the following comments:” think I have overstepped the mark once in punditry when I have attacked a player that was above and beyond what I should have done as an ex-pro, a coach and an owner.
“I consider myself a decent human being. Karius seemed too extreme to me. I claimed that Liverpool would never win the league without him. Jurgen Klopp also criticised me. “No problem.”
In 2016, Klopp quickly defended his goalkeeper after Neville’s comments. He claimed that the pundit was not qualified to discuss players on television, having struggled as Valencia manager. Karius further fuelled the fire.
Karius responded and said: “I don’t care what Gary Neville said. He was a top player, then he was a manager for a short bit and now he is back to being an expert again. But he is always very critical.”
Neville seems to have lost some of his punditry skills, but the ex-United star continues to justify his wrongdoings, as he stated: “I look back now and think I criticised the lad too much for his age, his position.
“I believe I was correct. They signed Alisson. [Virgil] van Dijk and won it [the Premier League]. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I shouldn’t have done this.
“I think Gary Neville as a decent human being and professional – knowing how difficult it is to play for United and Liverpool – went too far.
Should pundits hold back on calling out players, or is it their job?
“Even when [Luis] Suarez bit [Branislav]Ivanovic and other pundits claimed that he was dead in England. I supported him.
“I have been in dressing room where players have done things. Not bites, but stuff. I want to finish my career with integrity and I will not call for players or managers to be kicked out of clubs, not on performances anyway.”
Neville might have been harsh but Liverpool are in a much better place now that they have made some changes at the back.