Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet plays down his Merseyside derby heroics

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet deflects praise onto Daniel Sturridge despite his heroics in a 3-3 draw at Everton

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Simon Mignolet joined Liverpool this summer Photo: Back Page Images

Simon Mignolet has deflected praise onto Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge despite the goalkeeper’s heroics in the Merseyside derby.

The Belgium international made a staggering nine saves at Goodison Park, ensuring Liverpool were able to snatch a 3-3 draw on Saturday.

However, Mignolet felt Sturridge deserved the accolades for his last-gasp equaliser to rescue a point after Liverpool had squandered the lead twice to their rivals.

“So much happened in the derby,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s website. “I’m pleased to have been part of one and I hope to be part of many more in the future.

“I’m not the kind of player to get carried away by the occasion anyway but it’s always nice to have that first one behind you so you know what’s coming in the future.

“It’s not often as a keeper that you concede three goals and make nine saves in the same game.

“I am happy I helped the team out – that’s what I am there for. Hopefully I can keep doing that.

“But more important than anything I did in the game was Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser. If he hadn’t scored that header, no-one would have been talking about the saves I made.

“But we got a point and that has kept Everton away from us in the table. We need to make sure we build on that against Hull. If we win on Sunday then that result against Everton will look good for us.”

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