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Jurgen Klopp goes in two-footed on Gary Neville after his criticism of under-fire goalkeeper

Jurgen Klopp has questioned why the ex-Manchester United captain is judging players on TV after an ill-fated management spell with Valencia.

LIVERPOOL BOSS JURGEN KLOPP has defended goalkeeper Loris Karius after his mistakes against West Ham, insisting his side’s problems are not all about one player.

The Reds’ error-strewn 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday saw Karius scrutinised for both of the visitors’ goals – he failed to get across to Dimitri Payet’s free-kick and was hesitant for Michail Antonio’s strike.

The German goalkeeper, 23, also made a crucial mistake in Liverpool’s late collapse at Bournemouth last week, but Klopp feels it would be wrong to focus only on him.

“I’m not interested in creating headlines,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League match at Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

“A few things are obvious, a few things are not. Working with the goalkeepers and other players – that is all I care about. It’s never about one player. Whatever I say about this would create headlines – good and bad.

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“Maybe you are all blind because everybody is asking me about this situation [Payet's goal] and I have only seen it one time – during the game. Things like this happen. With all goals we can do a surgery to pick apart what we can do and what happened and I accept this.

“But goals like this happen. We have to find the guy who doesn’t jump or whatever. But it was brilliant from Payet.

“I saw him training before the game and he missed all of his free-kicks. I was hoping he would do that in the game too.

“Criticism is part of life. My job is to protect the players as much as we can, but I can’t do that when they are on the pitch.”

Valencia CF v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League - Group H - Mestalla Stadium Klopp has questioned why Neville has been given a pulpit from which to judge players when he failed to do so when manager of Valencia. Source: John Walton

Karius has been involved in a storm that has seen him slammed by club icon Jamie Carragher, as well as Gary and Phil Neville for his performances and his response to negative views from the pundits.

Klopp thinks former players forget how it feels to be criticised, but suggested that should not be the case for Gary Neville after his miserable spell in charge of Valencia last season.

The manager said: “I’m not surprised about it. In my first press conference I spoke about English media, and the pundits, the former players, forgot completely how it felt when they get criticised.

Especially the Neville brothers, the one who was a manager, he should know. He is not interested in helping a Liverpool player. He showed he struggled with the job to judge players so why do we let him talk about players on TV?

“I don’t listen to them. Carra doesn’t speak too well about United players, and the Neville brothers don’t care much about Liverpool. Now you have your headlines.

“Tell him [Gary Neville] I’m not on Twitter. If he wants to tell me something, don’t do it on Twitter.”

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