Jurgen Klopp would prefer his goalkeepers to come for a ball and make a mistake than not come at all.
The manager said as much following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Brom, after a Simon Mignolet error helped West Brom equalise.
Liverpool were massively on top of Tony Pulis’s agricultural outfit, but the Baggies scored from a corner after our Belgian stopper flapped at a ball delivered into his six-yard box.
In the end we drew a match we really needed to win, but Klopp wants fans to blame him and not Mignolet.
“I said to Simon at half-time, if somebody says it was your fault, it is not true, it is my fault,” the German boss said, reported by talkSPORT.
“I have nothing negative to say about Simon.
“They had six or seven players who were six foot four or taller and that is really difficult to defend but we will do better and work on it.
“In England it is really difficult for goalkeepers to come out as there is no-one to protect them but he can help if he comes out.”
The comments are another indication that Klopp fully backs Mignolet and wants him as Liverpool’s long-term no.1. The German recently rubbished suggestions that we were chasing Jack Butland or Timo Horn, claiming Liverpool will not buy a new stopper in January (via BBC Sport).
The Guardian confirm that the club are set to open contract talks with the goalkeeper, who still divides Anfield opinion.
In the past three seasons, no other player has committed more mistakes that led to goals than Mignolet, but if he has Klopp’s support, he should have ours too.
Simon Mignolet: No player has made more errors that have led directly to a goal in the last 3 PL seasons than Mignolet (8)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 13, 2015