Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has told the Liverpool Echo he feels recent criticism of teammate Simon Mignolet has been unfair.
The Belgian goalkeeper has come in for criticism at times this season with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville among those to have got in his case vial social media platform Twitter, criticising him after the first Merseyside derby of the season.
However, Henderson has explained why he doesn’t think it’s right for Mignolet to have been singled out this season.
“As a professional footballer you’re going to come under pressure during your career. There will be stages when you aren’t doing so well. You have to deal with it as best you can,” said Henderson.
“He’s come in for a lot of criticism this season which is hard to take. Some of it has been very unfair on him because have we’ve got to take responsibility as a team. He has dealt with it all fantastically well.”
Mignolet may have got his place back sooner than he may have been expecting after he was dropped indefinitely by manager Brendan Rodgers, but his confidence seems to be moving in the right direction.
He had a very solid all round game against Aston Villa over the weekend, which will give him confidence heading into the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea this week.
Sides may well have started to think about targeting him and putting him under severe pressure inside his own penalty area but against Villa he made the right decisions at the right times and made some good saves to keep the team in the game.
There’s still a long way to go before he’s a complete Premier League goalkeeper, but his teammates stepping up to take responsibility, pressure and criticism over the second half of the season will certainly help.