Dejan Lovren covers up Simon Mignolet’s mistakes
Dejan Lovren was a complete disaster for Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.
But, the Croatian’s horrendous display, which saw him give away two goals in the opening minutes may well have hidden another nightmare performance from Simon Mignolet.
Mignolet’s dive out on Harry Kane for the opening Tottenham goal was extremely rash and could easily have seen a penalty given.
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Whilst Mignolet’s “punch” out for the Spurs fourth goal was also weak and poorly aimed, with Jan Vertonghen and then Kane punishing Liverpool again.
As a result, this EA SPORTS data is a serious surprise as it showcases why Simon Mignloet is actually more important to Liverpool than people may be led to believe.
In spite of Liverpool’s 4-1 loss at Tottenham yesterday, Mignloet has actually been crucial to Liverpool this season and the stats show his importance.
Saves to shots in the Premier League 2017/2018 so far
Mignolet has saved a higher percentage of shots than any other keeper
Mignloet has in fact saved a higher percentage of shots than any other keeper in the Premier League so far this season, saving 28.2% of his shots faced so far this season.
Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey is the only other keeper to have stopped 28% of shots faced, with United’ David De Gea down in sixth place, having 24.4% of his shots faced.
Despite all the above data, there are many Liverpool fans calling for Mignolet to be dropped again.
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Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.