Jurgen Klopp: We don’t talk about that now

Date published: Tuesday 26th December 2017 10:30

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to lay any blame at Simon Mignolet’s door after the Belgium goalkeeper’s mistake gifted Arsenal their second goal on Friday night.

The Reds were 2-0 up, but were pegged back as Arsenal scored three times in five second-half minutes, including Granit Xhaka’s regulation strike.

“We don’t talk about that now,” Klopp said on whether Loris Karius would replace Mignolet for the Boxing Day clash with Swansea at Anfield.

“Everyone saw the mistake. It’s quite difficult to judge because it will definitely never happen again.

“He’s never conceded a goal like that, so you don’t have to make a big thing of it.”

Despite disappointment at surrendering a commanding position in north London, Liverpool remain unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions.

Klopp is not chalking off the results on the calendar, but believes the Reds are maintaining consistency in performance.

“I don’t know how many it is now; I don’t think about or count this,” the German said.

“But I really think performance-wise we are in a really good way; that’s what we need to keep.

“So even when it still feels completely, maximum average, unbelievable not to win at Arsenal, the performance was still good.

“The performance was a team performance. We can’t talk too much about mistakes because there was only one mistake. It’s still only one mistake.

“They scored their goals, and we have to get that, stay consistent, and keep on performing like we did.

“It’s not too easy to play this kind of football for the boys, it’s intense. And to go to Arsenal and to be in a position where we could have scored six or seven goals, seems pretty rare.

“We should have had three points, but we got one. We were the much better side, so that’s something we can take forward.”

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