‘I overstepped the mark in punditry on Liverpool’s Karius,’ says Manchester United legend Neville of the time.
‘In punditry on Liverpool’s Karius, I overstepped the mark,’ Man United legend Neville says.
Gary Neville believes he went too far in his criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Karius has had a tumultuous five years with the Reds, including loan spells with Besiktas and Union Berlin in the last three seasons.
The German shot-stopper has been replaced in the starting lineup by Alisson, with Adrian establishing himself as the backup, following a string of errors between the pipes.
The 28-year-old’s place was taken away after an error-filled performance in the Champions League final three years ago, when Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
Karius received vile death threats after the game, despite it being later proven that he played with a concussion.
Former Germany international Neville had previously chastised him after he made a crucial error in Bournemouth’s 4-3 win over Liverpool in 2016.
The Manchester United legend now admits that he “went too far” as a former professional footballer and that he should have known better.
“I think I went above and beyond what I should have done as an ex-pro, a coach, and an owner once in punditry when I attacked a player,” Neville told the Mail.
“I consider myself to be a good person.”
I was concerned that I had pushed Karius too far.
I predicted that Liverpool would never win the Premier League with him in charge.
“After that, both he and Jurgen Klopp chastised me.”
In retrospect, I believe I chastised the lad too harshly due to his age and position.
“I believe my assessment was correct.
By signing Alisson and [Virgil] van Dijk, they were able to win the Premier League.
That isn’t to say I shouldn’t have done it.
“I believe Gary Neville went too far as a decent human being and professional, given the difficulty of playing for Manchester United and Liverpool.”
“I defended [Luis] Suarez on Monday Night Football after he bit [Branislav] Ivanovic and some pundits predicted his demise in England.”
“I’ve been in locker rooms where players have behaved badly.”
It’s more like stuff than bites.
“I want to end my career on a high note, and I will not advocate for players or managers being fired from clubs for poor performance.”
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