Get over it.
It’s been well over four years so it’s now alright to discuss *that* Steven Gerrard slip again, right?
Well, according to Gary Neville it certainly is. Hardly surprising that a former Man United stalwart would want to reopen that massive slippy Liverpool wound.
Thankfully for Gerrard’s sake, he’s not the one who is getting the stick for that calamitous moment this time and instead it’s his former teammate Simon Mignolet.
Before Everton’s clash with Watford on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football, Neville was discussing the positive impact that Jurgen Klopp’s £66million man Alisson has had on the Liverpool defence this season.
He used Mignolet as the whipping boy of his analysis as he dissected several noteworthy goals that Liverpool conceded over the years, pointing out flaws in the Belgian’s shot-stopping abilities.
One of the moments cited by Neville was none other than the infamous occasion against Chelsea in 2014 when Demba Ba was the benefactor of Gerrard losing his footing.
Whilst we all got caught up in lambasting the former Liverpool skipper for slipping, Neville pointed out something that becomes blatantly apparent on closer inspection – Mignolet should have saved it.
The pundit insisted that Mignolet “was never a bad goalkeeper” before proceeding to slaughter him for his role in Ba’s iconic goal.
Neville insisted that Alisson would have saved the strike from Ba as well as several other clangers that Mignolet allowed to fly past him down the years.
We all remember Neville mimicking the movements Mignolet should have made to save Phil Jagielka’s stoppage time volley in 2014, right?
If not, allow me to remind you…
Jagielka’s strike was another that Neville believed would have been stopped had Alisson been between the sticks on that day.
“Alisson has saved Liverpool on numerous occasions this season and earned them big points,” he said.
“Great goalkeepers win you point after point after point.
“His 86% save ratio is the highest in the league. Last season with Mignolet and (Loris) Karius it was 64%.”
I wonder if Gerrard secretly blames Mignolet for *that* moment too?
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