Klopp on Mignolet error: ‘A second hand would’ve helped’

Date published: Friday 22nd December 2017 10:17

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks goalkeeper Simon Mignolet should have done better with Arsenal’s second goal when he failed to keep out Granit Xhaka’s long-range effort in the 3-3 draw on Friday night.

The Reds went two goals ahead within 52 minutes through Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah – but a crazy five minutes saw Alexis Sanchez, Xhaka and Mesut Ozil all score as the Gunners went 3-2 up.

There was still time for Liverpool to equalise when Roberto Firmino’s powerful shot ended up in the net after Petr Cech couldn’t get a strong enough hand on the ball.

“You need to be angry with yourself, not sad or insecure,” Klopp told Sky Sports following the match. “We came back into the game and scored our third. The point is the minimum we deserve. Because of the intensity of the game it was not easy to create clearer chances. When you get a point at Arsenal it is usually OK but after this give me a few minutes to get there.

“Three goals at Arsenal should be enough. We defended most of the time pretty well. We did not give space away. After they score the first and the second, it is not easy but we need to deal with these situations better.”

On Simon Mignolet’s error for Arsenal’s second goal: “He misjudged it. A second hand would have helped but that is how it is. You don’t need to make it bigger than it is. It felt like we shouldn’t have conceded but we did.

“Defending is a team thing. Today we make individual mistakes and that is not cool. My job is to think about the performance and that was a winning performance. If you want, the draw is our halfway win. We are always a better side when we draw. We have to take the good things and work on the lesser good things.”

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