Simon Mignolet: Liverpool must ‘keep it tight at the back’ ahead of Saints trip
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits the Reds need to concede less goals ahead of their game against Southampton
Simon Mignolet has acknowledged that Liverpool have to keep it tight at the back ahead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday.
The Reds have been leaking goals at an alarming rate over the past week after a 3-2 victory over Fulham was followed by a thrilling 4-3 win against Swansea City on Sunday.
We have to try to score a few goals but also, on the other hand, make sure we keep it tight at the back
And Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet admitted the Reds can’t keep relying on the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez to rescue wins after conceding too many goals at the other end.
“We know that if we don’t concede, it makes it easier for us to win the game,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s website.
“From that perspective, we have to try to score a few goals but also, on the other hand, make sure we keep it tight at the back. We’ll try to do that against Southampton.
“If you start the game against Swansea at home, the first objective is obviously to try to win the game. That’s what we eventually did.
“We were 2-0 up and, unfortunately, they came back into the game after a good goal by Jonjo Shelvey and the deflection after that.
“It was a bit disappointing to concede those two goals, although we went back in front just before half-time. At half-time, we were thinking about trying to score a few more goals and keep it tight at the back.
“Unfortunately, we conceded an early goal in the second half. But in the end we managed to get the three points, which was obviously the objective of the game.”