Mignolet unfazed even after botched clearance

Russell Martin's goal for Norwich piles more pressure on Reds manager Brendan Rodgers whose team lie 13th in the EPL table.
Russell Martin's goal for Norwich piles more pressure on Reds manager Brendan Rodgers whose team lie 13th in the EPL table.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he will not change his approach despite the error which cost his side victory against Norwich City on Sunday.

The Reds were leading via Danny Ings' first goal for the club when the Belgium international came for a corner but could only punch the ball as far as the penalty spot.

Russell Martin hooked home the equaliser and the Premier League match finished 1-1.

Early in his Anfield career, Mignolet was criticised for not commanding his area enough. But after he was dropped last December, he returned with a more positive attitude and has been much improved at coming for crosses.

"We knew they are a threat from set-pieces. Unfortunately, that goal has cost us. That's how it goes," he said.

"I'll look into my game- see what was positive and what I could have done better. The next time a ball comes in like that, I'll still come for it and try to get something on it."

The dropped points at home - Liverpool have taken just four from three matches at Anfield this season - were frustrating for manager Brendan Rodgers. This was especially as they created more chances than they had done recently.

Ings, a half-time substitute for Christian Benteke, who was removed as a precaution after complaining of a tight hamstring, was the one major positive.

The return of Daniel Sturridge after five months on the sidelines offers more cause for optimism.

Ings offered a liveliness up front which the side had been lacking.

He scored less than three minutes after coming on and almost snatched a winner late on.

Despite last winning 1-0 against promoted side Bournemouth on Aug 17 and lying 13th in the table with eight points from six games, Rodgers is confident that there are signs of a recovery. His team play at Anfield against Carlisle United in the League Cup, Aston Villa in the league and FC Sion in the Europa League over 10 days.

Liverpool are training hard and it is just a matter of time before they get the results that will put their Premier League campaign back on track, Rodgers said.

"Hard work pays and it's just going to be a matter of time until they can get the results to be rewarded by that. I think (confidence) will grow with results," the 42-year-old told the club's website.

THE GUARDIAN, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2015, with the headline 'Mignolet unfazed even after botched clearance'. Print Edition | Subscribe