Pundit: This Liverpool star has looked good since return to Jurgen Klopp’s side
The former Spurs forward heaps praise on Simon Mignolet after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester United
Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Simon Mignolet after Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds eased into a first-half lead thanks to James Milner’s emphatic penalty after Paul Pogba handled the ball in David De Gea’s area.
The 20-time English champions were denied an equaliser after Mignolet saved from Manchester United’s summer signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Belgium international continued his impressive performance in the second half before the 34-year-old centre-forward finally made the breakthrough with a close-range header.
Mignolet has conceded four goals in six games in all competitions since his return to the Liverpool side after Klopp opted to drop Loris Karius following a run of poor performances.
Speaking in his BBC Sport column on Monday afternoon following Liverpool’s performance at Old Trafford at the weekend, Crooks lavished praise on Mignolet for his much-maligned goalkeeper’s performance.
“The save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free-kick was good but the stop from Henrikh Mkhitaryan was even better,” Crooks said.
“Simon Mignolet has had to fight to regain his first-team place at Liverpool, but since his return the keeper has looked good. His decision-making seems to have improved and he appears less frantic.
“Mignolet has always been a good shot-stopper but I have felt he is prone to come for a cross he is not entitled to get, or rush out of his penalty area in a vain attempt to get involved only to complicate matters.
“However, none of that seemed relevant against Manchester United. He caught comfortably from corners, punched brilliantly when he had to under pressure and allowed centre-back Dejan Lovren to do his job without any interference.
“I have been very critical of Liverpool’s defence this season, but I must say they were impressive against Manchester United.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea.