Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plans crunch talks with under-threat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

JURGEN KLOPP plans talks with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet before Liverpool's Boxing Day clash with Swansea tonight.

Posted Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plans crunch talks with under-threat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will hold crunch talks with Simon Mignolet

But Liverpool manager Klopp insists that the Belgian will never again make a blunder such as the one that helped hand Arsenal a point in the enthralling 3-3 draw at the Emirates on Friday night.

Mignolet, who has had an error-prone career at Anfield and been dropped several times by Klopp, handed Arsenal their equaliser on Friday when he disastrously flapped at Granit Xhaka's 30-yard shot.

After the game, former Anfield legend Jamie Carragher insisted that Liverpool would never challenge for the title unless they get in a goalkeeper of "decent quality."

But Klopp said: "We don't talk about that. It's my job. It's obvious. Everyone saw the mistakes.

"That will never happen again with Simon. He has never conceded a goal like that - so we don't have to make a big deal of it."

Young England full-back Joe Gomez was also guilty of a blunder when he lost concentration to allow Alexis Sanchez to get Arsenal back into a game they should have had no chance in at 2-0 down.

Defensive errors have let Liverpool down on too many occasions this season, though Gomez has been one of Liverpool's big successes. Klopp said: "Joe, so good, such a fantastic improvement, development, outstanding. Played for England, played for us, super.

"On Friday for the first goal and the third, he showed a reaction like human beings do. He is still a young lad and we have to learn. That's how it is."

Liverpool go into the game against managerless Swansea lying in fourth place and unbeaten in 10 games – but having dropped six points in their last four.

Klopp said: "Performance-wise we are in a really good way. Quite consistent - which is very important. It's not up and down and that's what we need to keep.

"Even when the result still feels completely unbelievable, the performance was good. And the performance at Arsenal was a team performance.

"We made mistakes at Arsenal – that's why they scored. But we have to keep on performing like that. It's not too easy to play this kind of football.

"For the boys it's really intense. We have got four points from Arsenal, not all the teams in the Premier League will get that.

"We have a defending approach. They all have responsibility to defend. There is nobody on the pitch who is not involved in defending. The goals were not because we were not defending. The goals came because we let them cross, we let them shoot. It happens.

"I want to defend first of all because that is the basis for everything."

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