Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has backed current one Loris Karius in the wake of heavy criticism following Reds loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League over the weekend.

The shot stopper arrived Anfield from Mainz for £5 million this summer as coach Jurgen Klopp sought for more squad options in his first full season in charge.

The goalkeeper came under heavy criticisms after he made errors that ensured Liverpool dropped from second place in the Premier League standings. Bournemouth fought to overturn the result despite Liverpool leading 3-1.

Reina defended the player, saying he faced a tough start at Liverpool too before he settled. The Spanish goalkeeper spent eight years at Anfield before his move to the Serie A in 2013.

“I think he doesn’t need any encouragement. I think he’s a brilliant goalkeeper who is doing realy well. It’s a team, you know, that also at times has to do better for the goalkeeper,” Reina told ITV Sport.

The loss on the South Coast has big implications on Liverpool’s chances this term in the face of Chelsea’ strong run. Chelsea are the log leaders and they have enjoyed eight successive victories that has sent them to the top of the table.

Reina backed his former club as well. He said: “I think they will do really well this season and I’m happy for them.”

The Napoli keeper is known for being outspoken he was one of those who advised compatriot David De Gea to remain at Manchester United in the wake of serious interests from Real Madrid.

Liverpool have been hit by an injury crisis that might further derail their title chances this term if not well managed. Klopp is expected to add new names in January, despite the long list of summer additions.