Simon Mignolet explains Jurgen Klopp's message to Liverpool players after League Cup heartbreak

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool have responded to their League Cup final defeat with back-to-back wins in the Premier League.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said that manager Jurgen Klopp has told his side to 'jump up and climb back on' whenever they 'fall off the horse'.

The Reds were disappointed eight days ago to narrowly miss out on their first trophy in four years when they lost the League Cup final to Manchester City on penalties. But they have replied with a comprehensive win over the same opponents in the Premier League, followed by a last-minute win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to make it three league wins on the bounce.

As a result they carry some momentum into the first leg of Thursday's huge Europa League last-16 tie against Manchester United at Anfield.

Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo: “The gaffer told us that when you fall off a horse, you have to jump up and climb back on it again.

“We’ve done that after what happened in the final. It still hurts but we have got two big wins.

“Everything can change very quickly in the Premier League and we need to keep going.

“Now it’s the Europa League and that’s a competition we want to do really well in. You can see we’re playing with confidence. We want to build on this.”

The Europa League is now the Reds only chance of lifting silverware this season, and though they have clawed themselves to within six points of the Champions League places, winning the trophy probably represents their best opportunity of playing in Europe's premier competition next season. 

Liverpool showed a lot of quality in their recent win over City. It was certainly the most emphatic response they could have had to losing a cup final, and they showed a lot of fight in their win over Palace as they came from behind with just 10 men. 

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool can take this sort of fight and form into their double header with United, as consistency has been a little problematic for the Reds this season. It will certainly be interesting finding out when they meet for the first time in European competition this week. 

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