Jurgen Klopp has played down Simon Mignolet’s error in Liverpool’s Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
The Belgium international goalkeeper was badly at fault for the first goal in the final, letting the Fernandinho’s strike slip under his body and into the net.
He again showed the inconsistency that has made him a much-maligned figure at Anfield, following up the second-half clanger with several fine saves to keep Liverpool in the tie.
Despite admitting City’s goal was preventable, Klopp said he wasn’t sure it was a mistake.
“Cool. I think you found a perfect moment to come here and ask about Mignolet,” the German told Belgian TV.
“I would lie if I said the goal in the final was unstoppable but Simon knows this too. It is how it is.
“I’m not sure it’s a mistake but it was not perfect. And that’s how it is in a goalkeeper’s life.
Klopp, who has had a mixed start to his time at Anfield, was quick to praise Mignolet’s qualities as a person.
“I cannot say nothing negative about Mignolet as a person – good boy, big personality, a lot of pressure,” Klopp continued. “He’s old enough, he’s experienced enough and we have to go through it together.
“The biggest problem for Marc Wilmots [Belgium manager] is to pick an 11. That’s a cool job to be honest, and Simon is part of it.”