Simon Mignolet’s penalty-saving heroics ensured Liverpool left the King Power with three precious points on Saturday – and kept up a strong record of his own in the process.
The Belgian gave away the penalty himself in controversial circumstances, but made up for it when he guessed correctly to palm away Leicester striker Jamie Vardy’s thundering strike to keep Liverpool 3-2 ahead going into the final 15 minutes of the match.
Simon Mignolet has saved 5 of his last 8 penalties. He’s favourite to save ’em. pic.twitter.com/nYxzcdbvRX
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 23, 2017
The save, while also important for Liverpool as a whole, further enhances Mignolet’s reputation as something of an expert when it comes to saving spot kicks. Since his arrival at Anfield from Sunderland in 2013, he has kept almost half of the penalties he has faced (including one against Stoke City on his debut) – a better record than any other keeper in that time.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017
Furthermore, as researched by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, it means that Mignolet has now surpassed Ray Clemence and drawn level with Bruce Grobbelaar in terms of penalties saved for the club. Only Elish Scott (9) and Sam Hardy (10) now stand between him and the overall record.
Mignolet had already shown how important his awareness at penalties is this season in the Champions League, as his save from Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric (formerly of Leicester, coincidentally) helped Liverpool take control of the match and come away with a valuable 2-1 away victory.
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