Simon Mignolet isn’t making any excuses for Liverpool’s shambolic form despite the fact that the Reds have won just two games from 12 in 2017.
Goodness. Two wins from 12 games. That’s a 16.6% win percentage against teams that are largely of relegation candidacy.
When you consider that Liverpool have only beaten Plymouth Argyle and Spurs since winning on New Year’s Eve, it’s not so hard to understand why some radical supporters are calling for the ousting of Fenway Sports Group and in some bizarre cases Jürgen Klopp.
I said you can understand it, not justify it.
Simon Mignolet, however, is not having any of it. Liverpool apologists believe that a lack of squad depth, injuries, Sadio Mané’s absence and Jöel Matip’s suspension are the reasons behind Liverpool’s capitulation. It would seem as though, if the rest of the squad think in the same vein as Mignolet, that no excuses are being tolerated.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the Belgian shot-stopper said, “There will be a few things we could say; we could say we had a few injuries, we’ve had a lot of games, Sadio went to the Africa Cup of Nations… but in the end that’d all be about excuses and we don’t want to look for them. It’s about looking forward.
“We know January wasn’t really the best of months, but we don’t want to look back – we have an opportunity again against Arsenal and that’s where we have to look forward to. We showed at the Emirates at the beginning of the season that we can get a result, play really good football and create chances against Arsenal. That’s what we have to look to do again. It’s the next game that counts and that’s why we’re looking forward.
“You can use [criticism] as some sort of energy to get yourselves back up again and push yourselves even further and harder, looking forward to the next opportunity. That’s what we have to do. It’s a new game [against Arsenal], a new 90 minutes to play and this weekend it’ll be the only thing that matters.”
Liverpool are one point behind Arsenal going into Saturday’s fixture at Anfield but the Gunners have a game in hand. Despite this, Mignolet feels as though 12 games is enough to make up ground on the teams above the Reds.
“Twelve games is a lot of games and a lot of points to gain or lose,” he said. “Let’s try and win every game – that’s of course what the objective should be.
“In the Premier League, every game is tough either at home or away. But we, as this club, should try to get the maximum amount of points out of these games.”
Jürgen Klopp will have had words with his players this week regarding the importance of a response to the lacklustre display at the King Power Stadium when Liverpool lost 3-1 to Leicester City.