Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stands by Simon Mignolet despite Wembley error
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is fully behind Simon Mignolet despite his error against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.
Mignolet was beaten by Fernandinho shortly after half-time, the Brazilian driving in a shot from the angle which seemed to go through the goalkeeper.
That goal gave City the lead at Wembley, before they went on to defeat Liverpool in a penalty shootout.
Several outstanding saves partially redeemed Mignolet but the goal conceded raised yet more questions about his future at Anfield -- which Klopp dismissed at a news conference on Tuesday.
Mignolet will play his 100th Premier League game for Liverpool if he is picked to face City again in Wednesday's Premier League clash at Anfield.
"I think you found a perfect moment to come here and ask about Simon Mignolet," Klopp said. "I don't read the newspapers but everybody told me about the rumours about goalkeepers.
"I would lie if I would say the goal that beat him in the final was unholdable -- but Simon knows it too.
"A goalkeeper mistake, if there was one -- I don't know if it was a mistake but it was not perfect -- that's how it is, that's a football player's life, especially a goalkeeper's life.
"On the other hand, I can say absolutely nothing negative about Simon Mignolet -- a really, really good boy, a big personality.
"Since I've been here, he's been under a lot of pressure. I think there was no day that somebody outside Melwood didn't always say they weren't 100 percent satisfied with whatever he did. But he's had a lot of good games for us, really big saves.
"He has to do it the hard way, like LFC do, but he's old enough and experienced enough. Together we have to handle his situation -- it's a hard situation and we have to go through it together.
"He's one of a great Belgian generation. The biggest problem for Marc Wilmots [the Belgium coach] is to find his best 11. That's a cool job, to be honest, and Simon is part of it."
Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him @writertombell.