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Jamie Carragher's analysis of Mignolet vs Leicester on MNF was just bizarre

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It was the same old story for Liverpool against Leicester City on Saturday: dangerous going forward and sloppy in defence.

Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with a well-taken header before Philippe Coutinho whipped home a stunning free-kick to make it 2-0.

Liverpool were cruising, but with seconds remaining until half-time, another dodgy moment involving Simon Mignolet gave Leicester a lifeline.

The Belgian shot-stopper came out to punch a corner but completely missed, instead watching Shinji Okazaki tap home.

Mignolet appeared to be fouled by Okazaki in the box yet he still came under fire from fans and the media alike, despite Liverpool eventually winning the game 3-2.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Mignolet could actually be preventing Liverpool from challenging for the Premier League title.

"With the keeper (Mignolet), it could be a problem [for Liverpool]," said Parlour. "You've always got to have a top-class keeper if you're trying to win the Premier League.

"I think the keeper can save you points along the season."

Mignolet has cost Liverpool countless points since joining in 2013 and he might have done the same against Leicester were it not for Jordan Henderson's goal.

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There's an argument to be made the 29-year-old should have been stronger against Okazaki, which Jamie Carragher agrees with.

Speaking on Monday Night Football ahead of Arsenal vs West Brom, Carragher slammed Mignolet for not dealing with Okazaki better.

And his solution? To give the Japanese striker a cheeky 'elbow' - no seriously.

In the video below, Carragher literally demonstrates how Mignolet should have used his elbow on Okazaki to show him who's boss.


Carragher said: "The chances of a referee seeing it through a lot of bodies, you're a goalkeeper. What I'm saying is, Okazaki's there, he's trying to put me off.

"I'm not talking about elbowing him or punching him, he's typically two inches away from him, you're just doing that: bang, bang. See if he wants to come back.

"This is what I'm talking about, streetwise. Okay it's a foul, they got the goal. Liven up, be more streetwise, and if Okazaki wants to put you off, bang, bang, see if he wants to come back."

What on earth is Carragher on about? No one really knows, with some fans finding his analysis hilarious and others finding it downright bizarre.


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