Mignolet: Everybody clearly saw I was fouled!

Mignolet

Liverpool star speaks out over weekend flashpoint that saw goalkeeper fouled by West Ham United star in an incident that led to a goal.

Described by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp as a "borderline assault" and dubbed a "clear foul" by former referee Graham Poll, Simon Mignolet was on the wrong end of an unpunished infringement that saw West Ham United striker Andy Carroll clatter the Liverpool goalkeeper in an event that allowed opportunistic Guy Demel a route onto goal, something he duly converted.

The goal saw West Ham restore parity with Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday, however, Liverpool were spared being red-faced as Steven Gerrard scored a penalty winner in the 71st minute to ensure Brendan Rodgers' team left London with maximum points in order to continue their command at the head of the Premier League table.

But what if the match remained tied and Liverpool only collected a point? Mignolet believes the incident is worth reviving an old debate regarding video assistance.

"Everybody saw clearly that I was fouled when I collected the ball," said Mignolet to the club's official website, before adding that he refuses to place the blame on the shoulders of the referee - Anthony Taylor.

"I'll never judge a decision made by a referee because I know how difficult their job is, but I think this is a great example of why we might need to think about bringing video images into the game to help the referees out in these situations.

"I think the debate between the linesman and the referee after the incident on Sunday took longer [than video images]. Also the consequences of an illegal goal weigh up a lot more against those five extra minutes. Luckily, in this instance, it didn't change the outcome of the game.

"By drawing or even losing the game, it would have stopped our good run going, at least two points would have been dropped and it would have been a major setback mentally. Now it's only one goal more conceded and a clean sheet less."

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