In the end, Liverpool didn't get anything from their match against Real Madrid and now find themselves trailing Basel in the race to finish second in their group. There were, though, a few positives to take away from the night, including the performance of Simon Mignolet, who reminded everybody how good he can be.
"I'm pleased with my own performance, but that comes second because we want to win points and we want to win was a team," said the goalkeeper when reporters caught up to him following the match. "Unfortunately we didn't keep a clean sheet, because it would have given us that point. But for me, personally, I'll take a lot of confidence out of the game."
He may not have been able to keep a clean sheet, but he held little blame for the goal and put in an assured, confident performance. He stopped eight goal-bound efforts and, along with a more cohesive defensive unit in front of him, was key in why Liverpool were positioned to push for a late equalizer. That they came up short was unfortunate, but it wasn't on Mignolet.
The introduction of Kolo Toure alongside Martin Skrtel with Lucas Leiva in front of Mignolet appeared to calm down Liverpool's defence, and the goalkeeper's improved confidence was encouraging. Now, the question is whether it will continue. And whether, even if it does, it will particularly matter if Brendan Rodgers can't find a way to fix the still misfiring attack.
"Every time you lose you're disappointed," Mignolet added. "We were playing Real Madrid and we knew the results they have had at home, and so we knew it would be a difficult game. I think we defended well, but unfortunately we didn't create a chance to score a goal."