Mignolet backed by Klopp – but admits he ‘might’ve done better’

Date published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 1:52

Simon Mignolet: Backed once again by Jurgen Klopp

Simon Mignolet: Backed once again by Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has refused to condemn Simon Mignolet for allowing Fernandinho to score in the Capital One Cup final – but admits his keeper ‘wasn’t perfect’ at Wembley.

Klopp, addressing the media to preview Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield, was asked by Belgian TV for his thoughts on Mignolet’s performance after he allowed the Brazilian’s shot to go under him.

Klopp said: “Cool. I think you found a perfect moment to come here and ask about Mignolet.

“I would lie if I said the goal in the final was unstoppable but Simon knows this too. It is how it is.

“I’m not sure it’s a mistake but it was not perfect. And that’s how it is in a goalkeeper’s life.

“I cannot say nothing negative about Mignolet as a person – good boy, big personality, a lot of pressure. He’s old enough, he’s experienced enough and we have to go through it together.

“The biggest problem for Marc Wilmots [Belgium manager] is to pick an 11. That’s a cool job to be honest, and Simon is part of it.”

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