Jurgen Klopp defends Simon Mignolet after cup final error

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When Simon Mignolet signed a new five-year deal at Anfield in January, it’s fair to say Liverpool fans weren’t too impressed.

The Belgian goalkeeper hasn’t adhered himself to Kopites since his arrival at the club in 2013, making numerous mistakes which have led to goals.

In fact, just weeks after signing his brand new deal, Mignolet allowed Adam Johnson’s free-kick to squirm underneath his hand as the Reds surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Sunderland.

But Mignolet hit an all-time low in his Liverpool career on Sunday when he somehow let Fernandinho give Manchester City the lead in the Capital One Cup final.

The City midfielder was at a tight angle and his shot appeared as though it would be comfortably saved by the Liverpool keeper.

But the 27-year-old let the ball slip underneath his body, much to the dismay of Liverpool fans.

Philippe Coutinho tried his best to spare his goalkeeper’s blushes by equalising late on in normal time but, despite some important saves to keep the scores level, Mignolet was unable to save any City penalties in the shoot-out.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about Mignolet’s performances in the cup-final and suggested that his stopper should have saved Fernandinho’s effort.

“I would lie if I said the goal in the final was unstoppable but Simon knows this too. It is how it is,” he told reporters.

“I’m not sure it’s a mistake but it was not perfect. And that’s how it is in a goalkeeper’s life.

“I cannot say nothing negative about Mignolet as a person - good boy, big personality, a lot of pressure. He’s old enough, he’s experienced enough and we have to go through it together.”

Mignolet has kept just eight clean sheets in 25 Premier League appearances this term, and the club have been linked with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen as a possible replacement.

Although Klopp appears happy enough with Mignolet, club legend Jamie Carragher is adamant that the German boss should replace his goalkeeper at the end of the season.

"[Mignolet] may have signed a five-year deal, but that [the Man City goal] is shocking. You can't score from there. He has made some good saves today but.... going forward... Jurgen Klopp has to change [Mignolet] in the summer,” he told Sky Sports.

Liverpool won’t have to wait long to exert revenge on Manchester City with the two sides meeting at Anfield in the Premier League on Wednesday.

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