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Simon Mignolet attempts to explain mistake against Bordeaux

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Simon Mignolet has admitted he made a mistake during Liverpool's 2-1 win over French side Bordeaux on Thursday night.

The Belgium international was penalised by the referee for retaining the ball after failing to release it for an astonishing 21 seconds. It gave Bordeaux a rare indirect free-kick in the box, which was emphatically converted by Henri Saivet.

Needless to say, the reaction from Liverpool fans was not good. Mignolet is already on shaky ground after a less than convincing start to the season and this only served to strengthen the belief that his time as Anfield's No.1 is coming to an end.

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But credit where credit is due; the goalkeeper came out after the game and readily admitted he had made a mistake. But he also wanted to put it back in context, saying the result is all that matters.

"Unfortunately I waited just a bit too long and that can always happen," the Belgian told BT Sport.

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"The main thing is we responded after that, we didn't let in affect our game and we came back even before half time which is a good thing."

The mistake

A penalty from James Milner and another goal from Christian Benteke gave the Reds what would turn out to be an unassailable lead in an important Europa League clash. It was a joyous occasion as it sealed Liverpool's passage to the last-32, but the focus remained on Mignolet after the final whistle.

Even Jurgen Klopp could not resist a hilarious Mignolet-related joke in his post-match press conference. The footage of which you can see here:

Fan reaction

His gag was almost as good as some of the fan reaction on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the howler. Here we take a look at some of the best.

Mignolet's future

Mignolet has had more downs than ups since arriving from Sunderland in 2013, but the 27-year-old has remained the club's No.1 for the majority of that time. It is worth noting that he also drove Pepe Reina, who was probably Liverpool's best goalkeepers of the last decade, out of the club.

But Liverpool fans are growingly frustrated with his antics and have called on Klopp to replace him at the earliest possible opportunity. However, a good goalkeeper is notoriously hard to come across and, when you find one, they can be very expensive.

Regardless, Klopp is man who champions stability over signings and would not replace Mignolet without a very good reason. The German seemed relaxed about the mistake and Liverpool fans should be too.

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