Liverpool boss defends recently-maligned goalkeeper again despite howler

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again defended recently maligned goalkeeper Simon Mignolet following their 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, according to reports from talkSPORT.

Mignolet was once again considered to be at fault for the first goal, with the Belgium international misjudging a corner and missed his attempt to clear the ball, resulting in Craig Dawson levelling the tie.

This has seen Mignolet heavily criticized on social media and by critics, but Klopp has backed the shot-stopper and claimed that it wasn’t the 27-year-old’s fault for the goal.

“I said to Simon at half-time, if somebody says it was your fault, it is not true, it is my fault,” he said.

“I have nothing negative to say about Simon.

“They had six or seven players who were six foot four or taller and that is really difficult to defend but we will do better and work on it.

“In England it is really difficult for goalkeepers to come out as there is no-one to protect them but he can help if he comes out.”

The German was thought to have snubbed the chance of shaking West Brom manager Tony Pulis’ hand after the game, but Klopp has denied there being any rift with the Baggies boss.

The Reds also received some good news in regards to Dejan Lovren, whose injury is not as bad as initially assumed following a rash challenge from Craig Gardner in the 79th minute.