Jurgen Klopp: Why Liverpool fans should blame me for Simon Mignolet mistake
Jurgen Klopp leaps to the defence of Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet
Jurgen Klopp has accepted the blame for Simon Mignolet’s poor performance on Sunday after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
The Reds appeared to be coasting towards back-to-back Premier League wins at Anfield after captain Jordan Henderson broke the deadlock with a close-range finish thanks to good work from Adam Lallana.
There’s nothing negative to say about Simon
However, Mignolet failed to claim a corner and Craig Dawson levelled nine minutes later before Jonas Olsson had a goal ruled out for offside from another set-piece on the stroke of half-time.
Liverpool did concede from another corner in the second half as Sweden international Olsson rose unchallenged and nodded a header past stationery Mignolet in the Reds goal.
Klopp has been linked with a move for a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window after Mignoelet’s latest performance in an error-riddled two-and-a-half year spell at Anfield.
However, the 48-year-old explained why he was to blame for Mignolet’s mistake against the Baggies, insisting that he was happy with the goalkeeper’s attempts to come off his line and collect crosses.
Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “I said to Simon at half-time: ‘If somebody says it was your fault, you can say it’s not true, it’s my fault’ – because I want a ‘keeper who helps, a ‘keeper who comes out and tries everything.
“In this there were 20 players around him. He tried and didn’t get the ball for the first goal. I don’t know who has responsibility for the disallowed goal but it was not a goal, it was offside.
“The next one I have to see again. It was at the near post, which is usually not the goalkeeper’s responsibility, we have people there who have to make a header and defend this.
“They had six or seven players 6ft4 and taller, so it’s really difficult for us to defend. We tried it, we didn’t do well, we have to do better and we will work on it.
“But there’s nothing negative to say about Simon. For the first goal he tried and that, for me, is important. I want the goalkeeper to come out because he can help. Sometimes you try something and make a fault – it’s not the biggest problem, you go on.”
Liverpool are in ninth place and five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United after Sunday’s draw.