EXCLUSIVE: Simon Mignolet urges Liverpool to forget Arsenal win

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet urges the Reds to move on from their thrashing of Arsenal

Kieran Beckles
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet Photo: Liverpool FC

Simon Mignolet has admitted that Liverpool’s 5-1 victory over Arsenal was easier than expected – but has urged the Reds to forget about the result ahead of their midweek trip to Fulham.

Liverpool surged into an emphatic 4-0 lead within 20 minutes at Anfield after Martin Skrtel’s quick-fire double and strikes from England duo Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.

We hoped to get a good result and after 20 minutes, it was 4-0. In that sense, it was a bit easier than we expected it to be

Simon Mignolet

Sterling made it 5-0 shortly after half-time before Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta scored a consolation from the penalty spot, with the Gunners dropping to second in the table following the loss.

And Belgium international Mignolet, who moved to Liverpool from Sunderland in a £9m deal last summer, felt the score-line reflected the home side’s dominance against their top-four rivals.

“It was very important to get the three points because it is very hard to stay in the top four,” Mignolet told The Sport Review.

“With the other fixtures this weekend and the fact that we played at home against Arsenal, it was going to be a very important game.

“We hoped to get a good result and after 20 minutes, it was 4-0. In that sense, it was a bit easier than we expected it to be.

“On the other hand, we’re very pleased that we managed to complete our objective which was to get three points and in the end the score-line obviously reflects that we played well. It’s nice – we’ll take that with us.”

Liverpool captain Gerrard struggled to recall a better start from the Reds than their opening 20 minutes against the Gunners during the 33-year-old’s decorated 16-year career with his boyhood club.

we have to move on and look forward to the next game

Simon Mignolet

And Mignolet, who has kept seven Premier League clean sheets this season, believes Skrtel’s 10-minute brace killed Arsenal’s morale and helped fourth-placed Liverpool stamp their authority on the game.

“We weren’t expecting [that good a start],” Mignolet added.

“The fact that we scored from a free-kick in the second minute and we scored a second goal shortly after that, it kills their morale a bit.

“That’s why we ended up leading 4-0 after 20 minutes and afterwards we could manage the game and play it out. It was a good result and a good performance for us all.”

However, the 25-year-old goalkeeper urged the Reds to forget about their outstanding win against their top-four rivals and focus on a tricky clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.

“We have to forget about this result. That’s why I said the three points are important but as good as it was, we have to move on and look forward to the next game,” he said.

“We’re happy with the result and we must move on and make sure we keep doing the things we’re doing.”

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