Liverpool were denied a first win in five matches in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Ludogorets Razgrad, after a late equaliser earned the Bulgarian champions a 2-2 draw.
The hosts took the lead after just three minutes when Simon Mignolet spilled Fabio Espinho’s shot for Dani Abalo to capitalise, but Rickie Lambert headed in his first Champions League goal to equaliser five minutes later.
Jordan Henderson then steered the Reds in front in the 37th-minute with a cool finish from Raheem Sterling’s low cross, before Georgi Terziev denied them the three points two minutes from the end with a header from a set-piece.
Liverpool can still make it through to the knockout phase with a win against FC Basel in their final group game, but it was nevertheless another frustrating result for Brendan Rodgers' side.
That frustration was embodied in the performance of goalkeeper Mignolet, whose awful error on the opener heaped further pressure on his starting role, following what’s been a testing start to the season.
The Belgian international looked awful on crosses on the night and appeared shot of confidence, with club legend Bruce Grobbelaar’s recent comments on his lack of command now ringing even more true.
“I've always said that. I've said that he doesn't command his area,” the Zimbabwean told BBC Sport earlier this week.
“Yes, he’s a great shot-stopper, but I was slaughtered last year by Liverpool fans for being too harsh on him – I’m not being too harsh on him, not at all.
“I have likened to him worse than Dracula, because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then. He seems to stay on his line and that's it.”
It’s doubtful Liverpool fans would slaughter him now, however, with the general sentiment on Twitter at the final whistle lacking much support for the former Sunderland number one.
I've heard the words "mistake by Mignolet" more times this season than i've heard the words "Goal by #LFC ".— Talent Mphande (@Talentmph) November 27, 2014
One word, Mignolet sucks! Ok, that's 2. Does he know he's the only one that can use his hands? 2nd goal he was FROZEN:( Inexcusable! #LFC— Scott Spain (@azoceanblue) November 27, 2014
Id play Jones over Mignolet tbh. Ill take my chances #LFC— Jude JD13 (@Judealdajani) November 27, 2014
At this rate I'll even choose heskey over mignolet... #lfc— RavashingKen (@mrbeautiful805) November 27, 2014
i've given up on him, Mignolet is just freakin' not gud enough for #LFC— Wan Syakir (@syakirsuhaimi) November 27, 2014
Wonder will people stil try and tell me mignolet is a good keeper?Forster was obvious signing but no that would make too much sense for #lfc— Paddy Comerford (@PaddyC88) November 26, 2014
More proof today of how bad a goalkeeper Mignolet is. Needs replacing ASAP. #LFC— Mr Raddo (@MrRaddo) November 26, 2014
Time To Sell Simon Mignolet In The January Transfer Window He Couldn't Hit A Cows Backside With A Banjo Bring In Petr Cech From Chelsea #LFC— Darren C #LFC (@DarrenCarleyLFC) November 26, 2014
Lets just hope Mignolet and Johnson get sold and replaced in January. Also hope we revert back to man to man marking on corners. #LFC— TheBenClubley (@Ben_Clubley) November 26, 2014