Simon Mignolet has endured a turbulent year-or-so with Liverpool and, after returning to the Reds first-team line-up following a mistake from Loris Karius, the Belgian has struggled to perform to the required standard.
After an error that allowed Stoke City to open the scoring in midweek, Mignolet was criticised vastly in the media and has responded fiercely to his critics, as the 28-year-old told The Times.
“I have accepted that every goal that goes into Liverpool’s net at this moment in time, the first question that will be asked is, ‘Could the ’keeper have done better?’. Actually, I am pretty happy because I have played three games and that was the first time it was asked of me. That’s a good sign.”
“Carra has been a critic of mine. He wants goalkeepers to make big saves, but against Stoke if I don’t make the save against Joe Allen, then the game becomes much more difficult.”
Conceding just one goal in three games heading into today’s crucial clash with Manchester City, the criticism upon Mignolet is perhaps unwarranted and there was no harm done as the Reds came back to defeat Stoke in midweek.
However, Mignolet has earned a bit of a reputation in recent years and needs to perform a lot better if Liverpool are to contend for the Premier League title.