By Alex Stevens
Blunder-prone Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet “will never quite live down” his free-kick howler against Chelsea.
That is the verdict of West Ham vice-chairwoman Karren Brady as she assessed the infamous goal from David Luiz that put Chelsea ahead in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday of last week.
Mignolet claimed he had not heard the whistle blown before Luiz stepped up to curl a free-kick past the stranded goalkeeper while he was still arranging his wall.
Replays showed the goal was entirely legitimate and further placed the microscope on Liverpool’s difficulties in having a consistently reliable operator between the posts.
“Mignolet will never quite live down his blunder tonight,” wrote Brady in her weekly Sun diary. “Liverpool’s No 1 is in one corner of his goal, re-arranging his wall, unaware of David Luiz driving a Chelsea free-kick into the other.
“He says he didn’t hear the whistle. His better answer was a penalty save that protected a 1-1 draw.”
Mignolet saved face by keeping out Diego Costa’s late penalty to secure a point against Chelsea but he was once again at fault at the weekend as Liverpool slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Hull.
The Belgium international helped hand the Humberside club an advantage when he flapped at a corner and pushed the ball to the feet of Alfred N’Diaye, who make his debut with the opening goal.
Liverpool were unable to recover as their terrible start to 2017 continued with a fourth defeat in five league and cup games.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has given opportunities to both Mignolet and 2016 summer signing Loris Karius in goal this season but both have been dropped due to poor form.
In other Liverpool transfer news, one of the club’s attacking midfielders is on the wanted list of one of England’s biggest clubs.