Mignolet reveals Jurgen Klopp’s post-Stoke joke

Date published: Monday 10th April 2017 9:32

Simon Mignolet revealed that Jurgen Klopp was in a buoyant mood and joked with him in the aftermath of the weekend’s win at Stoke.

Mignolet received a huge pat on the back from the Liverpool boss on Saturday after helping secure the points at Stoke before Klopp shared a joke with the Belgian.

He made two close-range saves, the first from Charlie Adam with the score at 1-0 and the second a brilliant far post effort to deny Saido Berahino to hold on to their lead.

“That is why the keeper is there to make saves in important moments and help your team out and the feeling is even better when you win the game after all that,” said Mignolet.

“To win the game as a goalkeeper doesn’t really happen too often as you don’t score goals but it was something similar.

“The second save happened so quickly and I’ve not seen it back but when a ball comes in like that you just have to try to make yourself big and throw yourself in front of the ball.

“This was a good feeling for me but I’m not one who looks to myself or my own performance.

“It is about making sure Liverpool gets in the Champions League because that is where we belong.”

Mignolet got a huge hug off Klopp at the end but even then the manager joked he was not happy with the keeper merely palming away Berahino’s shot.

“He said ‘Don’t give any corners away! Keep the ball in your hands and don’t push it away’ – he is always there to have a joke,” added the goalkeeper.

The way the players and staff celebrated at the final whistled showed the result meant much more than just three points and Mignolet felt the manner in which it was achieved was significant.

“We are going to face these kind of games until the end of the season with long balls into the box and corners we have to deal with and that is what we have to learn,” said the Belgian.

“We have to grind out results because we want the Champions League spot and we can do it.

“With all the injuries and illness we had obviously the first half was difficult so we had to pick ourselves up, especially at half-time.

“We had to change our attitude and came back fighting; we won our battles and luckily had two Brazilians on the bench who can make a difference.”

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