Jurgen Klopp has shouldered the blame for the first goal Liverpool conceded against West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was heavily criticised by Liverpool supporters on Twitter after failing to deal with an inswinging corner, but Klopp insists if anyone should be blamed for Craig Dawson’s goal it’s him.
The Reds drew 2-2 thanks to a deflected effort deep into stoppage time from the much-maligned Divock Origi - the Belgium international’s first Premier League goal for the Merseyside outfit.
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Klopp revealed in his post-match press conference - per the Telegraph - that he didn’t start ranting and raving at his under-fire goalkeeper in the dressing room at half-time.
Instead, the revered German coach offered the Belgian some reassuring words, making it clear that he was right to come off his line in an attempt to gather the ball.
"I said to Mignolet at half time, if someone says it’s his fault, tell them it’s not true, it’s mine,” Klopp commented. “I want a goalkeeper who tries to get the ball."
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Klopp is clearly a big fan of Mignolet, who was described as “the smartest keeper I’ve worked with” by the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss earlier this season, but a growing number of Liverpool supporters are less-than-convinced the 27-year-old is good enough to hold down a regular first-team place at Anfield.
Shortly after his blunder against the Baggies, it was revealed by WhoScored that Mignolet has made more errors (eight) that have led directly to a goal in the last three Premier League seasons than any other player.
Playing the percentages, we can assume Klopp - and the Kop - are likely to witness at least one more howler from their goalkeeper before the season’s out.
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