Klopp explains why ‘whole package’ Mignolet was given new deal

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 5:15

Jurgen Klopp: Has total confidence in Simon Mignolet

Jurgen Klopp: Has total confidence in Simon Mignolet

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool’s decision to hand Simon Mignolet a new deal – saying he gives the team a “good feeling” when he plays.

Mignolet was handed a new long-term deal to keep him at Anfield until 2021 on Monday – and Klopp insists he has total belief in the Belgian.

Simon Mignolet: Picture courtesy of Liverpool FC

The former Sunderland star has come in for plenty of criticism this season, but he’s always retained Klopp’s backing – and the German insists the player is good enough to get even better.

Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday to preview Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Exeter, Klopp said: “We would not have had offered him a new contract if we had the same thinking (as his critics).

“It’s normal for Simon to be involved in one or two goals conceded, but the package is perfect. He is young enough to develop and gives the whole team a good feeling when he’s in the starting line-up.”

The Reds were linked with a move for QPR stopper Rob Green on Tuesday, but while Klopp didn’t comment on that link directly, he did insist he has no desire to sign a new stopper.

“People are talking about new goalkeepers, especially from Germany, but I have heard nothing bad about Simon here.”

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    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool’s decision to hand Simon Mignolet a new deal – saying he gives the team a “good feeling” when he plays.

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    #804320

    nine nine nine
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    Interesting that Klopp sees Mignolet as the whole package and was clearly instrumental in Liverpool given Mignolet a new 5 year contract whilst few Liverpool fans share that view and are outspokenly disdainful of Mignolet.

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    RockySantaCruz
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    Nine, I have a feeling Klopp is protecting Mingolets sell on value, don’t forget he got burned a few times at Dortmund, Lewandowski leaving on a free was the big one. I don’t think he’ll get caught out like that again.
    Klopp saying Mingolet is the whole package might just be his way of bigging him up for potential suitors

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    kopite
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    Rocky: I can understand Klopp protecting his sell on value but a 5 year contract?

    #804494

    nine nine nine
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    Rocky, that’s an interesting perspective but if we can all see that Mignolet has his faults its a fair bet that other clubs who might have watched him would see that too.

    #804515

    nine nine nine
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    ….with more than two years to run on his previous contract Mignolet would have still fetched a reasonable fee had Liverpool looked to sell him in the summer.

    Also as Klopp has firmly nailed his colours to Mignolet’s mast it would be very embarrassing to do an about turn on that now!

    #804557
    timetogobr
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    He’s a midtable keeper as simple as and we need to get rid IF we have aspirations to play for the EPL and the CL. This is FSG’s meddling yet again and we will continue to be burnt by their insane moneyball policy

    #804581

    kopite
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    Kindly explain this moneyball policy. If it means buying players on the cheap and selling them for big money then it’s a fallacy. All our 5 biggest signing have come under the FSG regime.

    #804644

    NotoriousBingo
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    If we would be buying Stan Collymore in todays market he would cost 85 million. FSG have not splashed the cash on anyone, all their signings have been cheap on low salary contracts.

    #804722

    kopite
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    Notorious: Cheap compared to which club? How many defenders in EPL have cost less than Lovren or for that matter who many strikers cost less than Carroll?

    #804734
    Sanj1
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    He gives the opposing team a good feeling, especially on corners & set pieces. Perhaps Mignolet is to Klopp what Lucas was to Rafa. Lucas turned out well, it seems we will have to back Jurgen’s judgement even if I know Brendan would still be manager had Mignolet been the full package. Jurgen’s lost me on this one I’m sorry to say

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    NotoriousBingo
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    cheap compared to the market, all the signings made have been from second tier or third tier clubs, Ozil in comparison with his contract costs Arsenal more than 150 million.

    #804788
    j c
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    Mignolet’s general level throughout the season is pretty good, in my view. He had the most EPL clean sheets of 2015, and that’s with some disasterous defending going on, in front of him.

    He doesn’t deserve a lot of the criticism he gets, but saying that he does tend to have a crisis in confidence at least once per season. Maybe Klopp backing him is man management. Let’s hope he does well for the remainder of the season, but you never know with keepers.

    I remember Alex Ferguson very publicly backing Ben Foster, saying he would be the England number 1 keeper very soon. But then within a few months he was out the Man Utd team, due to bad performances.

    #804797

    kopite
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    Notorious: If you are saying we overpaid, I’d agree wholeheartedly but the fees we paid for certain players are certainly not cheap.

    #804812

    gingerlfc
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    Rocky, protecting his asset from who exactly???
    I don’t see a queue of clubs ready to sign him.
    It’s not like Lewandowski who was a top notch player wanted all around Europe.
    And, as pointed out previously, if we were protecting the asset then you tag an extra year or 2 onto the end of his existing contract which has 2.5yrs left to run, you don’t give him a new 5yr deal with a pay rise.

    What I actually think is happening is that Klopp recognises there’s bigger priorities to focus on and with a limited budget he needs to spend on those areas first ie centrebacks and goal scorers.

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    taxidriverlfc
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    Mignolet’s Clean Sheet record for 2015 speaks for itself, 16 Clean Sheets in a side that leaks Goals does look good but as a Keeper He lacks most of what Top Keepers have, One theory could be that playing behind different Defenders at times could be the problem, One stat is that Toure/Lovren have kept 7 Clean Sheets when together so maybe a more settled back line will help Him get over His dodgy spell. I am still though not a fan.

    #804920

    Heart
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    Mignolet is simply put a bad keeper, there are to many faults in his game and at this age it’s unlikely he’ll suddenly start improving. This is as good as he gets. But he is still our best option, although I supsect Ward might give him a good push, and Klopp will need to stick by him and try and install some confidence in him until we can get a proper keeper in, Mignolet is bad enough already but think how bad he’ll be if the little confidence he’s got left will disappear. I do believe Klopp will be looking at another keeper this summer simply because he cannot be THAT stupid to accept having all his hard work undone by an unreliable keeper. The reason we wont’ sign a keeper in january is probably because he feels he needs to use his limited funds in the search for a striker.

    #805424

    armageddon
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    Mignolet is a class below Lloris, Cech, Courtois, Butland and De Gea.
    Just look at the match vs United. He hesitated where to clear/pass the ball with Rooney lashing into him!
    Sign Rob Green NOW!! hahahaaha

    #805439
    Goldenyears
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    j c I agree. He’s not far from the keeper we want. If he smoothes out his errors, becomes a little more aggressive and is able to boss his defenders then I think he’ll be around for a long time. All these issues can be remedied with the appropriate coaching. Taxi made a good point stating that playing in front of a settled defence would help. It’s been reported that Klopp places great emphasis on continuity through having a settled !st eleven. So would adjustments in coaching improve our defensive and goalkeeping performance or are greater wholesale changes required?

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    Goldenyears
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    Armageddon I saw that and I admit I threw my arms up in the air and tut tutted!!

    But please one thing; as a keeper, prior to be linked with Liverpool, what comes to mind when you think of Rob Green? Be honest.

    I wouldn’t pick him as my goalkeeper. If Mignolet is prone to errors then so is Green. I would say that you could probably mitigate on Mignolet’s behalf far more than you could for Green. He’s had some shockers!

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