Liverpool media round-up: Mignolet agrees new deal, Toure on playing through pain, Klopp on progress

Simon Mignolet

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has agreed a new contract with the club, according to the Daily Mirror, which will keep him at Anfield until 2020.

Mignolet has come under fire from fans for a couple of errors during his time at Anfield but manager Jurgen Klopp has stood by the Belgian and repeatedly batted away questions about signing another goalkeeper to replace him. 

As a result, Mignolet is expected too earn around £50,000 per week. He could face sterner competition, however, as Liverpool recently recalled Danny Ward from his loan spell at Aberdeen.

In an interview with the Guardian, Kolo Toure has been explaining a challenge he made during the closing stages of the first leg of the Reds League Cup semi-final against Stoke City, which has now been dubbed 'the salmon tackle'.

Toure was suffering with cramp in the closing stages of that 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium but was prepared to put his body on the line to ensure the Reds took a lead back to Anfield, and showed the standards required at the club.

“I had to stay on. You don’t want to give up and leave your team on their own at this time in a game," he explained.

"We had so many injuries and players going out, too, but to be honest it was only cramp. I managed to finish the game as a striker, which is not too bad.

“Afterwards the manager took a picture of me in the ice bath and made a few jokes. He knows I’m a fighter and that, whenever he needs me, I will step in and give my best for the team. I’m playing for one of the best clubs in the world at 34. Not many players can say that. I enjoy every minute and I am proud to be in this squad of players.”

Ahead of a huge week for the Reds in the Premier League - as they host league leaders Arsenal tonight before Manchester United at the weekend - manager Jurgen Klopp is more focussed on the progress of his side's performance rather than the result, the Independent reports.

Klopp said: “The result is almost always a result of the performance; sometimes it’s not. You can defend like a handball team and make one goal and win the game – you have three points more but you cannot use it."

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