Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Manchester United legend Gary Neville and Phil Neville for their criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The Reds manager was enraged with their remarks pointed towards the 23-year-old keeper after some poor late displays.
Both of the ex-Manchester United players have centred on the German shot-stopper following his poor performances against Bournemouth and West Ham United.
Karius was at fault for at least two of the goals in the 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth and his unsteadiness was also completely utilised by West Ham. He gave an enticing area of space for Payet to go for, resulting in the visitor’s equaliser. Karius got a hand to the low, twisting free-kick however, was not able to keep it out.
The former Mainz keeper also seemed hesitant for Antonio’s goal for West Ham where stood stranded in no man’s land instead of gaining possession.
Karius said in a newspaper interview last week that he did not bother about Gary Neville’s comments, to which Phil Neville backed his brother and said that Karius should ‘keep his mouth shut and do your job’.
However, Klopp has come out for the support of the young German keeper and has hit out at Gary and Phil Neville for their remarks on him.
He said: “The Neville brothers don’t like Liverpool. Now you have your headlines.
“Pundits are former players who have completely forgot how it felt to be criticised.
“You can tell him (Gary Neville) I’m not on Twitter so if he wants to tell me something don’t do it on Twitter.”
Klopp insisted he needs to protect his players and thinks pundits like Neville have forgotten how it feels to be criticised.
“My job is to protect the players as much as we can, but I can’t do that when they’re on the pitch.
“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,” Klopp added.
Liverpool will face a tricky away tie against Middlesbrough this weekend will be hoping to back on winning ways again.