Sadio Mane jumps to Loris Karius’ defence and insists Liverpool goalkeeper still has his team-mates’ backing


Mane says the Reds squad still back their man (Photo: Andrew Powell)

Sadio Mane has defended his Liverpool team-mate Loris Karius after the Reds stopper was subject to a fresh round of criticism.

The Senegal international insists that the German still has the backing of his team-mates, report the Liverpool Echo .

“Everybody knows this is football and (criticism) can happen," Mane said. "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 has been heavily criticised in recent weeks (Photo: Reuters)

“I think in football everybody gets this kind of criticism. The reaction is more important now.”

After dropping points against Bournemouth and West Ham, Mane insists that Jurgen Klopp’s side are determined to get back to winning ways at Middlesbrough tomorrow night.

“I’m not frustrated about Chelsea (leading), but maybe because we didn’t win the games we should win,” Mane added.

“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.

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“It’s not easy but we cannot focus on that because we have so many games left in the season. It’s long and we try to take it game-by-game.

“Of course (I get frustrated) in those types of games. Not only me because we know our quality, we know we should win the game, and if we didn’t win it’s no problem, we have to focus on the next games.

“I’m trying harder in training to get better and better. I’m looking forward to getting better in the next game.

“I think we can do everything. I think we can beat anyone so anything is possible. For the moment the season is too long, and we will take it game by game and try to win.”