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Mignolet: “I think we deserved to win the game”

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The Liverpool keeper rues the late equalizer against Chelsea

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One really disappointing aspect of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday? Simon Mignolet actually had a decent game.

Not perfect, by any stretch. But Chelsea had some threatening chances, especially in the first half, and they were kept out until Willian’s 85th minute goal because of Mignolet. That equalizer aside— the responsibility for which must be shared with the back line, and with Jordan Henderson for surrendering possession and setting off the scoring sequence— the Belgian goalkeeper brought his Dr. Jekyll game to Anfield on Saturday. One can feel a bit of sympathy for him after putting in the shift he did and not getting the win, or the clean sheet.

For his part, Migs definitely feels frustrated by how things went.

"It's very bitter to concede in that way, at the very last stages of the game,” said Mignolet. “I think we deserved to win the game so it's always difficult to take when you concede an unlucky goal like that. I think we did well, we had our chances.

“The first half, as you would expect, Chelsea were good on the counter and had a few [chances]. But we were in a good position and Mo scored scored second half, then we tried to defend our lead. Unfortunately, [they scored] at the end."

Mignolet followed up the same way most athletes do— by saying the only way out is through, and that he, and the team, need to do better next time.

"I think we deserved twice to win the games and that didn't happen,” Mignolet said. "We have to keep going, we've got loads of games to come and we'll recover and get ready for the next one."

Migs didn’t walk away without giving a shoutout to Mohamed Salah, who scored his 10th Premier League goal (and his 15th overall this season).

"He's very important for us, not only with scoring goals and creating but also the way he defends and works hard for the team when we're not in possession. Let's hope he can continue in the same manner."