Jurgen Klopp has explained why he hit out at Gary and Phil Neville after they criticised Liverpool keeper Loris Karius.
Klopp signed Karius from Mainz in the summer and the 23-year-old was quickly installed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
However, he made a number of high-profile errors which cost the Reds, and also led to criticism from both Neville brothers.
Both were vocal in their questioning of the German, which led Klopp to defend his compatriot.
Karius was dropped for the victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday as Simon Mignolet made his first-team return, and he was once again the focal point of Klopp’s post-match press conference.
“Maybe I can say it clearly: my criticism of pundits was not for one second serious,” the manager explained.
“I only wanted to show how it feels to get criticised without having anything wrong, only with doing or saying for one second the wrong thing.
“The pundits need to know how it feels, so that is why I said it.
“It was really difficult against us tonight; it was clear we played cool, calm and quick.
“As a full package, it was a wonderful performance.”