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'I went too far' – Man Utd icon Neville recalls the one time he 'overstepped the mark in punditry' on Liverpool's Karius

GARY NEVILLE believes he "overstepped the mark" with his criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Karius has been undergoing a turbulent five-year stint with the Reds, which has seen him going out on loan to Besiktas and Union Berlin in the last three seasons.


A series of errors between the sticks have led to the German shot-stopper getting replaced by Alisson in the starting line-up and Adrian being established as second choice.

The 28-year-old lost his place after an error-laden performance in the Champions League final three years ago, which saw the Merseysiders losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.

Karius received vile death threats after the match, even though it was later proven that he played with a concussion.

Neville was previously critical of the former Germany international in 2016 when he made a crucial mistake that led to Bournemouth beating Liverpool 4-3.

The Manchester United legend now admits he "went too far" and should have known better as a former professional.

Neville told the Mail:"I think I have overstepped the mark once in punditry when I have attacked a player that was above and beyond what I should have done as an ex-pro, a coach and an owner.

"I think I am a respectable human being. I thought I went too far on Karius. I said Liverpool would never win the league with him.

"He criticised me after and so did Jurgen Klopp. No problem. I look back now and think I criticised the lad too much for his age, his position.

"I actually think I was right. They signed Alisson and [Virgil] van Dijk and won it [the Premier League]. But that doesn't mean I should have done it.

"I think Gary Neville as a decent human being and professional – knowing how difficult it is to play for United and Liverpool – went too far.

"Even when [Luis] Suarez bit [Branislav] Ivanovic and some pundits said that was the end of him in England, I defended him on Monday Night Football.

"I have been in dressing room where players have done things. Not bites, but stuff.

"I want to finish my career with integrity and I will not call for players or managers to be kicked out of clubs, not on performances anyway."

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