International guardsman Mignolet hasn’t always impressed at Anfield since moving to Merseyside from Sunderland in 2013, however, he has improved steadily under Klopp—even if he did concede two against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
In recent weeks, the Reds have been linked with Stoke City’s England goalkeeper Jack Butland [Mirror], but according to the Express, Klopp looks set to keep faith in Mignolet, and talks are at an advanced stage.
As reported by the tabloid, the German coach insisted that the Belgian was not to be blamed for the Albion’s opener on Sunday, and has confirmed that he has only positive things to say about the former Sint-Truiden stopper.
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“I said to Simon at half-time that if somebody says it was your fault, it is not true,” Klopp began, as per the Express.
“It is my fault. I want a keeper who comes out and tries for everything. There is nothing negative to say about Simon. The first goal he tried and that for me is important. He can help if he comes out.”
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With Mignolet’s current contract understood to be expiring in 2018, there would appear to be no urgent need for the Reds to tie the goalkeeper to a new deal, meaning that Klopp’s desire to do so can be seen as a considerable show of faith in the goalkeeper.
Liverpool have conceded 19 league goals this season, which represents the joint-eighth best defensive record in the division.