Simon Mignolet: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp backs goalkeeper

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after his latest uncertain display in the draw with Arsenal at Anfield.

Mignolet struggled as the Reds twice gave away the lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw with the Premier League leaders.

“For the second goal he needs help from all the players,” said Klopp, in reference to Mignolet scrambling as Olivier Giroud scored from a corner.

The Belgium goalkeeper, 27, is set to sign a new five-year contract.

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Mignolet, who joined the Reds from Sunderland in a £9m deal in June 2013, was also beaten at his near post by Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal’s first equaliser.

Klopp, who has consistently backed Mignolet, added: “On the second goal, on a perfect day he can make a save but there were a lot of mistakes before.

“We have to defend this better.”

Liverpool’s goalkeeping weaknesses have been exposed by errors from Mignolet’s deputy Adam Bogdan in the 3-0 defeat at Watford and the 2-2 FA Cup draw at Exeter.

That has prompted Klopp to recall 22-year-old Welshman Danny Ward, a substitute on Wednesday, from a successful loan spell at Aberdeen.

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