Tim Krul has been forced to defend himself after being caught on camera at half-time apparently congratulating Jermain Defoe on his goal, the Newcastle keeper appearing to be smiling and laughing.
After the match it became a big topic of conversation for the pundits in the studio, with Jamie Carragher slaughtering (read his comments below) Tim Krul and saying that he couldn’t believe somebody could act like that in a derby.
John Carver claimed the Newcastle goalkeeper was just being sporting but this is what Tim Krul himself has said:
“What I actually told him (Defoe) I couldn’t repeat on TV, it was just a nice gesture.
“It was a fantastic goal and everybody has to accept that, I actually thought (that what I said) was more in the region of what a lucky guy he is.”
I’m a Geordie:
“I have been here 10 years at this club and I’m as hurt as anybody else.
“Whoever wants to put negatives like that on me isn’t justified, I’m a Geordie and I have been here 10 years, so I am going home with a lot of pain in my heart.”
Hurting as much as the fans:
“To see those fans having to travel back to Newcastle without a win hurts me as much as them.
“I think it was an unbelievable goal, especially given the pressure…it is a shame for us because if you walk in at nil nil it would have been much easier for us.”
On the contrary, this is what Jamie Carragher had to say:
“Somebody out there who doesn’t care about football might say it is good sportsmanship but when Everton played Liverpool, I certainly wouldn’t be shaking the hand of an Everton player (at half-time after scoring).
“He (Tim Krul) is actually waiting for him (Defoe) in the tunnel, he (Krul) is smiling.”
You don’t smile, you don’t laugh about it:
“Whenever you play a derby game you don’t just play on the day, there’s a build-up in the week before. Everybody is on edge and you work yourself up into a frenzy.
“You can’t have that in any game, but in a derby game…you don’t smile, you don’t laugh about it.”