Garth Crooks tells Liverpool FC fans why Simon Mignolet get in his team of the week

The Spurs legend heaps praise on Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet despite the shot stopper conceding two goals at the weekend

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet Photo: The Sport Review

Garth Crooks has blamed Liverpool’s defence for both of Leicester’s goal in Saturday evening’s 3-2 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Reds played out a five-goal thriller with the Foxes in the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp’s men impressed going forward but struggled when defending their own goal.

Liverpool eased into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho before Shinji Okazaki outmuscled Mignolet to halve the deficit in added time at the end of the first half.

Skipper Jordan Henderson restored Liverpool’s two goal cushion before Mignolet could only parry a shot into the path of Jamie Vardy to cut the Merseyside outfit’s lead.

The Belgian international brought down Vardy minutes later with a clumsy challenge in the penalty but the experienced England international missed the ensuing spot-kick.

Former Spurs forward Crooks leapt to the defence of Mignolet despite the Liverpool number one’s poor performance at the King Power Stadium.

“It’s been some time since Simon Mignolet got into my team of the week and that’s probably because of Liverpool’s wretched defending,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“If you are going to have to score three goals away from home to win a football match, it’s going to take its toll on every member of the team, including your goalkeeper.

“Such was the case against Leicester, who counter-attacked with devastating effect and constantly ripped holes in Liverpool’s defence, especially on set-pieces.

“It seems to me that Jurgen Klopp is getting away with results because of moments of magic by certain individuals, but risks losing it all by abject defending.”

Mignolet has been heavily criticised over the past 24 months under Klopp for his uncertain performances in the Liverpool goal.

However, it has to be pointed out that the Liverpool shot stopper played a key part in securing a top-four spot last term.

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