Gary Neville issues apology to Liverpool fans after backlash over video

Gary Neville has issued an apology after mocking Liverpool following their loss in the Merseyside derby.

The Reds suffered a fourth successive league defeat as Everton secured a first win at Anfield since 1999.

Neville took to social media with a bottle of wine to celebrate their loss with his Manchester United allegiances clear for all to see.

"It's been very difficult in mockdown, I mean meltdown, I mean lockdown… to see the demise of the champions," he joked.

At half-time he also told fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to "go and get your kit on".

But this comments saw him accused of lacking professionalism.

He returns to punditry action for Manchester City's game at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon and has promised to put his "vexed behaviour" behind him.

Neville said: "Good morning. Apologies for my slightly unprofessional behaviour last evening.

"I was in celebratory mood, which has resulted in these black bags appearing underneath my eyes.

"Some of my following, trusted and loyal, seemed slightly vexed with my behaviour.

"But I can assure you that my professional stance will return today as I deliver you co-commentary on Arsenal vs Manchester City. Have a lovely day."

Richarlison's early strike gave Everton an early lead before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late penalty.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin won the spot kick in controversial fashion as he fell over Trent Alexander-Arnold who was already on the ground.

A VAR check was advised but referee Chris Kavanagh only needed a split second before sticking with his original decision.

Neville's fellow Sky pundit Graeme Souness was less than impressed with his former side who he called "an easy touch".

He said: "They're a shadow of a team. When you think what Liverpool have been for three years – a team that no one wants to play against, a team that were always on the front foot, super aggressive, must have been horrible to play against them.

"And now everyone wants to play against them. They're an easy touch and that hurts me."

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