Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has hit back at his critics, singling out “very critical” Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. The German stopper spilled the ball to allow Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake to score an injury time winner after the Reds had led 3-1 at Dean Court last weekend.
The 23-year-old was vilified for his part in Liverpool’s yielding of a two goal lead (twice), with Neville and fellow pundit Jamie Carragher showering blistering criticism. Club legend Carragher suggested that the former Mainz shotstopper is yet to look convincing enough while Neville stated Karius “transmits anxiety all the way through a team.”
KARIUS ON THAT MISTAKE
Loris said, “It was my mistake, no doubt about it. I wanted to catch the ball and didn’t. I think it looked a bit easier on TV than it was. The ball was flying weird and went by the side of Nathaniel Clyne so I didn’t have much time.”
He added, “It wasn’t easy but I should have caught it and I don’t need anybody to tell me it was bad… because I know. I am sorry that it cost us a point.”
KARIUS ON CARRAGHER:
Loris said, “Carragher was here at Liverpool for a long time so maybe after the game he was a bit frustrated. He is probably still a supporter. I have to accept it.”
He added, “What critics say right after the game, I don’t know what I think. If you asked them again would they say it now?”
KARIUS ON NEVILLE
Karius blasted, “And I don’t care what Gary Neville said. He was a manager for a short bit and now he is back to being an expert again but he is always very critical. I think he does it to everyone.”
Loris Karius is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup as Reds prepare to host Andy Carroll and West Ham United back at Anfield. Fans remain divided but Klopp knows best and there has got to be a legit reason why he chose the former Mainz goalie his No. 1.
Carry-us to glory, will he?