Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet explains why points matter more to him than clean sheets…
Liverpool’s under-fire goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, has explained why points matter more to him than clean sheets, adding that his team will settle for nothing less than a win against Basel on Tuesday.
The Belgian stopper has been regularly criticised this season, but has kept two clean sheets in his last three games – taking his tally for the season to four.
However, he did make a error in the Reds’ last Champions League clash, gifting a goal to Ludogorets in the early stages of a 2-2 draw. Speaking ahead of the Basel game, the 26-year-old knows there is no room for mistakes this time around.
“It is a big game to get qualified from the Champions League,” said Mignolet, who is quoted by the Daily Mail. “We have to do the job in hand and look at ourselves. We have to be ready for it. Nobody is thinking about not getting through.
“The only thing we are thinking about is getting the result that we need. We are only thinking about winning. That is the job in hand and the one we are focusing on. Everything else goes out of the window.
“If we win on Tuesday, we are going in to the next round. That is all that matters. We are all focused on it. We fought hard on Saturday (against Sunderland) to try and get three points. We have to go again.”
And despite being under pressure, Mignolet would much prefer to win against Basel, than not concede a goal: “You always prefer to win games, that is what matters more than anything,” he said.
“You concede one goal but you have to get the points. Personally I would be happy conceding a goal and the team winning. That is how it is. Why? I am footballer player and I like to win.
“Of course I want the clean sheet because that will make it easier and mean we only have to score one goal. But winning is the most important thing.”