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Published: 12:12 | 16/1/16

Mignolet downplays criticism

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he won't "put a hammer to his head" because of his errors against Arsenal.

The Belgian was arguably at fault for two of the Gunners' goals in Wednesday's thrilling 3-3 Premier League draw at Anfield, with one national newspaper calling his performance a "horror show".

The 27-year-old, who kept 16 clean sheets in 2015, more than any other Premier League goalkeeper, insists that he has the mental strength to brush aside his recent setbacks.

"You just have to accept that will happen. You look at it yourself, together with your goalkeeper coach and all the people around you, who are specialists," he told the Guardian.

"Every time you concede a goal, you don’t have to put a hammer to your head. Nobody’s perfect and nobody is without mistakes. The only thing you have to make sure is you keep improving."

Mignolet, who is set to sign a new deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2021, also says that goalkeeping mistakes cannot be looked at isolation, and pointed out that every goal a team concedes is a by-product of individual errors.

"If you concede a goal, it can be up to seven or eight mistakes leading up to it but, obviously, as a goalkeeper you have to accept it has gone past you," he said.

"After that, you have to accept that the first question that will be asked, by everybody in the stadium or around the world, will be: ‘Could the keeper have done better?’ That’s part of the job. You learn from that and there is no point worrying about that."

Ninth-placed Liverpool face sixth-placed Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, and Mignolet insists his side are still in the title race despite a 12-point deficit to league leaders Arsenal.

“There are a lot of things we can do better but on the other hand we still have a great chance in every competition this season," he continued.

"We’re in the semi-finals of the League Cup. We’re still in the FA Cup and the Europa League and the Premier League is wide open – anyone can win it."

"This is Liverpool,” he says “and we want to be back at the top again."

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