By Danny Wright
Liverpool coach John Achterberg believes that making mistakes is part and parcel of being a goalkeeper, claiming that even Manuel Neuer would make mistakes in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have continuously come under fire from the Reds supporters for their inconsistent performances between the sticks and Achterberg has highlighted two occasions the Belgian international could have done better.
However the 45-year-old, who is a goalkeeping coach at Liverpool, has defended the duo by saying that they can’t always be expected to save every shot that comes their way.
“We could sign Manuel Neuer but I am telling you now he will make two or three mistakes – that is how it is,” said the senior Liverpool man, as quoted by Anfield HQ on their official Twitter page.
“No one is perfect. If you play for Liverpool you are expected to keep clean sheets in every game and win 9-0.
“Simon has definitely done really well. The Chelsea free-kick & then Hull were probably two things that could have been better.”
Achterberg has been a part of the Liverpool coaching set-up since 2009 when he trained the reserve and youth ‘keepers and was promoted to first-team duties in 2011.
Klopp has struggled to choose between his No 1 choice this season, with Karius brought in last summer in order to oust Mignolet from the squad after a turbulent few years at Anfield.
However the German failed to live up to expectations and was replaced by the former Sunderland goalkeeper in the winter.
Mignolet has started every league game since mid-December and his performances have notably improved over the last few months.
Arguably his best display came in the 1-0 win at West Brom last month when the 29-year-old withstood a barrage of shots from the home side to earn the Reds all three points.
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