Carragher: This one act should have been defining, not Gerrard's slip

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Sky Sports football analyst Jamie Carragher believes Simon Mignolet could have denied Demba Ba to help win Liverpool the Premier League title.

Jamie Carragher will doubt Simon Mignolet's status as an elite-level goalkeeper until he makes that one season, or even career-defining save that catapults Liverpool from tropy-contention into champions-elect.

Commenting on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports yesterday, the former defender spoke out over how Steven Gerrard's infamous slip against Chelsea allowed Demba Ba has seemingly hounded the midfielder ever since, yet Mignolet missed the chance to make himself an instant hero by not making the save.

"Everyone always talks about Steven Gerrard slipping and costing Liverpool the league and you can never look at one individual and one mistake, but Demba Ba still had to go through. You’re looking at your keeper and thinking: ‘Come on, win us the league. Make that save that’s going to be a defining moment in the season.’

“Against Manchester City, Liverpool lost 2-1 and if he’d made the save from [Alvaro] Negredo then that’s two points off City and another one for Liverpool.

“I think of Joe Hart," continued Carragher. "After the Chelsea game, Man City had a tough game at Everton and they won 3-2. Joe Hart had to make a save from [Steven] Naismith, flicking his left hand out and that wins them the league."

The 36-year-old, who won the 2005 edition of Champions League, the 2001 UEFA Cup, a hat-trick of League Cup trophies and a brace of FA Cup winners medals, then referred to the old saying of 'strikers win matches but defenders win championships'.

He said: “We can all talk about goalscorers, players who win the league and make a big difference, but goalkeepers make a massive difference and at those big moments you’ve got to make big saves.

“Up until now in his Liverpool career he hasn’t made those big saves. If it continues I can see Liverpool looking for another goalkeeper.

"There was talk of Victor Valdes because he is a free agent, but he has got to improve.”

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