Simon Mignolet made a high-profile error against West Bromwich Albion during a 2-2 draw, which secured an unwanted record for the 27-year-old. According to statistical site Whoscored: "No player has made more errors that have led directly to a goal in the last 3 PL seasons than Mignolet (8)".
Still, Jürgen Klopp came out in support of his first-choice goalkeeper who he backed previously earlier in the month. Klopp's support early in December came along with news that the Belgian international was the subject of a possible contract extension. That seems to be close to being announced after reports emerged that negotiations over a new deal are set to be concluded by the end of the month.
Klopp Backs Mignolet, Extension Talks Begin
Reports have emerged that the club is looking to extend Mignolet's contract beyond 2018.
The Guardian's Andy Hunter noted that discussions have been quick between the parties concerned with a willingness on the club's behalf to revise Mignolet's £60,000-a-week-contract. When Mignolet arrived from Sunderland in 2013, he signed a five-year-contract to succeed Pepe Reina as Brendan Rodgers' main goalkeeper. Klopp is widely believed to have pushed for an extension for a goalkeeper that hasn't always fully convinced in nearly two-and-a-half seasons.
This move appears to be beyond man-management and keeping a player's confidence up for the remainder of the season; Klopp believes in Mignolet as Liverpool's long-term goalkeeping solution. Such a move remains questionable, but Jürgen Klopp is the type of manager who should be trusted. He knows what he's doing and has changed the mood around the club.
Mignolet is a goalkeeper with certain strengths and weaknesses that are well-documented, and if Klopp wants to keep the former Sunderland keeper around, there must be a plan to accentuate the player's strong points.