Klopp backs Karius, drills Neville brothers for broadcast bias

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Jurgen Klopp continues to stand-by starting goalkeeper Loris Karius.

If he can take a shot at rivals in the process, all the better.

Former Manchester United players turned pundits Gary and Phil Neville criticized embattled Reds netminder Karius after another tough match between the sticks.

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Klopp spoke up on Monday, eviscerating the brothers for bias and questioning why anyone values their opinion on players after highly-publicized struggles leading Valencia last season.

From The Liverpool Echo:

“But that makes the things he says not more sense. He showed that he struggled with the job to judge players. Why do we let them talk about players on television? I wouldn’t but the only thing I can do is I don’t listen to them.

“I’m pretty sure Carra doesn’t speak too positively about Man United players. So obviously the Neville brothers don’t like Liverpool but I’ve no problem. If they could cause bigger problems than they already have I think they try it.

“Now you have your headline! Welcome!”

Phil Neville also played for Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton, so it’s a bit of a double dig for Reds’ fans. In any event, Klopp offered “straight fire” here, and the Nevilles might not want to pick up the mic while it’s still hot.

Liverpool visits Middlesbrough on Wednesday before the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. That’s a week from today.

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