Under-fire Liverpool star reveals what Klopp said to him after win v Stoke
By Matt Bullin
Under-fire Liverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed what Jurgen Klopp said to him in their embrace after their 2-1 win over Stoke.
Liverpool had to work for their win at the bet365 Stadium as Jon Walters gave the Potters a 1-0 lead at half time.
But the introduction of Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino proved crucial for Klopp as they both scored to hand Liverpool a 2-1 win and three points.
However Jermaine Jenas claimed that it was in fact Mignolet who was the difference between the sides after he made two top-class saves – first to deny Charlie Adam’s close range shot when Stoke led 1-0, and then making a wonder a save from Sadio Berahino late on.
Klopp rushed over to the Belgian goalkeeper on the final whistle to embrace him and Mignolet has revealed in the Liverpool Echo what his boss said to him.
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“He said to me: ‘Don’t give corners away! Keep the ball in your hands, don’t push it away’,” Mignolet admitted.
“He’s always having jokes. But that is why the keeper is there: to make saves in important moments and help your team out.
“We want to fight at the top both in England and Europe. We have to grind out results because we want that Champions League spot.”
The 29-year-old, who has been capped 19 times by Belgium, has featured 22 times for Liverpool in the Premier League this term.
He has kept just four clean sheets in those games and has conceded 28 goals, and has come under heavy criticism after regaining his place midway through the season.
The Reds victory over Stoke leaves them third in the league, two points ahead of Manchester City in fourth, though Pep Guardiola’s team do have a game in hand.
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