Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's response when asked about Christian Benteke's diving incident v Crystal Palace

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian stuck by his compatriot, but did not go into much detail.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has had his say on the controversial Christian Benteke 'diving' incident from the weekend, in an interview with talkSPORT earlier today.

There was plenty of debate and controversy at the end of the Crystal Palace v Liverpool game at the weekend.

The tie finished 2-1 to Liverpool thanks to a late Benteke goal.

The Belgian excelled after coming off the bench for Liverpool, but earned a controversial penalty in the last minute which he duly dispatched.

But the debate raged over whether he dived or not. In the end it became clear that Palace centre-back Damien Delaney, who was foolish to go to ground anyway, had made contact with Benteke. Whether it was enough to send him tumbling is another debate.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was asked his opinion on the penalty earlier today in conversation with talkSPORT.

He gave this rather statesmanlike and non-commital answer:

"Well I think there was definitely contact.

"From where I am on the pitch it is very difficult to see if there is contact.

"But afterwards I was very pleased to see that Christian kept his cool head as well to score the penalty late on because it is never easy and it was very important for us."

It is an interesting debate. There is absolutely no argument about contact. It is clear to see that Delaney does touch Benteke with his knee. The question is, was this enough to see him go down?

It is splitting football opinion down the middle at the moment but Mignolet was always going to stand by his Belgian compatriot and Liverpool team-mate.

Even if, secretly, he felt his mate might have had a tumble.

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