Jurgen Klopp defends Simon Mignolet again

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Despite a number of error-strewn performances this campaign, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been incredibly vocal in his defence of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet since taking the reins at Anfield and is set to offer the Belgian a new contract.

Talks are in advanced stages with Mignolet’s agent Guy Vandermissen, and no problems are expected to arise, but after another high-profile mistake led to Craig Dawson’s equaliser in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Brom, question marks have arisen over whether Klopp is right to stick by his number one.

Speaking after the West Brom game, Klopp said: “I said to Simon at half-time, 'if somebody says it is your fault, you can say it's not true, it's my fault.' Because I want a keeper who helps. I want a keeper who comes out and tries everything, with 20 players around him, he tried but didn't get the ball for the first goal.


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“First goal, of course, for me he tried and that's important. It's really difficult in England because there is no-one to protect goalkeepers.

“We tried it, we have to do better, we will work on it, but nothing to say negative about Simon.”

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Klopp has previously described the former Sunderland man as the smartest 'keeper he has ever had, but Mignolet has made eight errors that have directly led to a goal in the last three Premier League seasons - more than any other player.

His latest blunder against the Baggies is the second time in three home games he has made a glaring error after he held on to the ball for 22 seconds during the Europa League clash with Bordeaux - leading to an indirect free-kick which the French side scored from.

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