Criticism of Loris Karius has been the main thrust of the coverage surrounding Liverpool over the past week or so, and has been the theatre for the running series of The Nevilles v Liverpool #content.
Gary Neville had an entirely justified pop at Karius over his errors in the collapse against Bournemouth, with Karius singling out Neville in his response in the media that week, speaking to the Daily Mail:
I don’t care what Gary Neville said. He was a top player, then 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. I just hope that when I do well he will comment on that. We will see in the future.
Neville then responded on Instagram:
My sincere apologies Karius. You're right. A failed manager hasn't a clue. I won't copy your great fan , pundit and club legend again.
Karius evidently decided that his response to such criticism would be solely words, as he didn't cover himself in glory on either of West Ham's goals in the 2-2 draw at Anfield. That led to Jamie Carragher's half-time criticism: 'just shut up and do your job'.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 11, 2016
The pundits are the former players a lot of them and forgot obviously completely how it felt when they got criticised.
Especially the Neville brothers who I have to say really, the one who was the manager (Gary) he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps - but he's not interested in helping a Liverpool player I can imagine.
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!
An Instagram response by one of the Neville's is expected to drop by close of business today. We've already had the Carragher-poking-fun-at-Neville endorsement:
Spot on. https://t.co/SXAibya2FZ
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 12, 2016