Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he will not be doing any special preparation for a potential penalty shoot-out in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
The Belgian was in fine form between the sticks as Liverpool defeated Stoke in a semi-final shoot-out to reach Wembley, and the Reds also needed penalties to overcome Carlisle in an earlier round, although on that occasion it was Adam Bogdan who was in goal.The game will be settled from the spot again should the scores remain level after extra time.
However, Mignolet says he will be treating his preparation like any other game.
“In every game there can be a penalty taken and you always prepare in the same way,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s not just if there’s going to be a shoot-out.
“You analyse the teams and we obviously get a lot of information here from the analysts and the coaching staff which will help.
“You know what you have to do. You pick your spot but it comes down to the quality of the striker. If they hit a good penalty, it will always be very difficult to save.”
Mignolet believes the game represents a great chance to breathe fresh life into the club following a four-year trophy drought.
“I remember for Chelsea a few years back, it was the League Cup they won and after that they managed to win a lot of trophies.
“It gives everybody a confidence boost when you win your first trophy for a long time.
“For this young group of lads, I think it could be something that pushes us on to be even hungrier for trophies.
“Let’s hope we can do that. It will be very difficult but we will try our best and hopefully we can get the trophy and get the first win.”