Mignolet defends approach, but vows to improve

Date published: Monday 21st September 2015 10:46

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Simon Mignolet will “look to improve” his game, but won’t change his approach despite his error costing Liverpool victory against Norwich.

The Reds were leading through Danny Ings’ first goal for the club when the Belgium international came for a corner but could only punch the ball as far as the penalty spot from where Russell Martin hooked home the equaliser, and the match finished 1-1.

Early in his Anfield career Mignolet was criticised for not commanding his area enough but after being dropped last December he returned with a more positive attitude and has been much improved at coming for crosses.

That is why he sees no reason to change despite one mistake.

“I came for the ball, it was a whipped-in cross, and I tried to get a fist to it,” said the goalkeeper.

“It’s one of those that comes out, they picked up the second ball and scored from it.

“It’s always disappointing to concede from a set-piece, especially as we’ve been working hard on defending them this week.

“We knew they are a threat from them. We have to learn lessons from that.

“Unfortunately, that goal has cost us. That’s how it goes.

“I’ll look into my game on Monday – see what was positive and what I could have done better. That’s what I always do.

“The next time a ball comes in like that I’ll still come for it and try to get something on it.”

More dropped points at home – Liverpool have taken just four from three matches at Anfield this season – was frustrating especially as they had created more chances than they had done recently.

Ings praise

Ings, a half-time substitute for Christian Benteke who was removed as a precaution after complaining of a tight hamstring, was the one major positive while the return of Daniel Sturridge after five months on the sideline offers more cause for optimism.

His energy offered a liveliness up front the side had been lacking and he scored less than three minutes after coming on and almost snatched a winner late on.

“Danny Ings came on and did well. That will do his confidence good,” added Mignolet, who is likely to be rested to give Adam Bogdan his debut in this week’s Capital One Cup tie at home to League Two Carlisle.

“Danny Ings does that every single day in training. He put in a real shift for the team, he doesn’t save his sweat.

“He helps us not just going in attack but how he presses the opponents as well.

“He doesn’t give defenders time to settle, puts them under pressure and he’s a good finisher as well.

“And the sight of Daniel being back fit was also a positive for the team because we all know what he can do and how he can help the club. That can only be positive for the coming weeks.

“He’s been training for a while now and having that option is better for the team.”

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