Simon Mignolet must improve from Champions League calamity

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It may have seemed unbelievable for Gary Neville to criticise Simon Mignolet on the last minute goal he conceded against Phil Jagielka earlier this season, but that is just one of many times that the Belgian goalkeeper has been dazed by abuse mixed with embarrassment from not only Liverpool fans, but football fans from across the globe.

It has taken Brendan Rodgers a while to gather the confidence to blast his number one goalkeeper, but has threatened him with his guaranteed place if his performances do not improve.

For a goalkeeper of Mignolet's standard, a Sunday league shot stopper will have been ashamed of the blunder that the Belgian made to gift Ludogorets with a gift on a plate in the Champions League tie on Wednesday evening.

Despite the mistake, the visitors fought back to take the lead, but more defensive woes awarded the strugglers with another goal to level the game, leaving only two minutes for an almost impossible response.

Never the less, the 26-year-old dealt impressively with two Ludogorets efforts to slightly redeem himself for his earlier inexcusable error. 

Brendan Rodgers admitted in the post-match press conference "it's a bad mistake, but in truth it's not the first he's made this season. He has to improve ahead of Stoke."

But with the same fixture that greeted Mignolet on his Liverpool debut last season, the Belgian will be reminisced of his heroic penalty save that helped guide Liverpool onto a vital win.

But ever since that remarkable opening performance at Anfield, things have just got worse for the former Sunderland keeper. Constant criticisms haven't help him in terms of his confidence, yet it has to be said, no matter how hard he tries to improve, things just seem to keep going downhill for him.

Can things really get any worse? Well with the encouragement of his manager ahead of the visit of the Potters on Saturday, a mistake could lead Brendan Rodgers to have second thoughts on the ranking of Mignolet in the squad.

Slowly, the 26-year-old has descended to a Liverpool hero to an all-time villain with his almost hilarious gaffes as Jamie Carragher took to the media to explain that Mignolet should "stand down for his own good", according to the Daily Express.

With a bombardment of harassing comments and critical opinions, Mignolet spoke to the press on Thursday and quoted "I apologise to my fans. My mistake was very bad and it will not happen again, but it is not helpful to be abused for this."

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