Liverpool player Sadio Mane has said that criticism of Liverpool’s goalkeeper Loris Karius is “normal” and that the way he reacts is more important.
Karius has been under fire recently for the way he has performed having joined the Reds from Mainz over the summer and taking the No 1 position from Belgian Simon Mignolet.
However, Mane, who has impressed since moving from Southampton, has said that players who train with Karius every day know his true qualities. Speaking to Sky Sports News he said, “Everybody knows this is football and [criticism] can happen. We always train together and know his quality, what he can do to help the team. I think he will keep doing his best for the team, and do his best for the next game and keep helping, so what is behind is behind.”
Karius came under fire after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against West Ham on Sunday which followed on from a 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth the week before.
It means that the team fell further behind leaders Chelsea in the title race and Mane admitted that games where Liverpool creates numerous chances but fails to pick up maximum points is frustrating for the entire team.
He said that he isn’t “frustrated about Chelsea [leading], but maybe because we didn’t win the games we should win. But it can happen in football, so it does not affect anyone in the team. We’re going to do our best to win the next game.”
He said that the team can’t dwell on what has already happened but must instead look to the remaining games of the season and take it one game at a time.
Mane has scored seven goals in his 14 appearances for Liverpool and said that he feels that he is improving at the club.