Simon Mignolet says this recurring trait is no coincidence under Jurgen Klopp

Simon Mignolet

The Liverpool goalkeeper says the manager has instilled a mentality at the club which has resulted in more late important goals.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists "it is not a coincidence any more" that the club are scoring important late goals as Jurgen Klopp has changed the players' mentality and increased their belief, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Substitute Christian Benteke struck a late equaliser at Anfield on Wednesday night to salvage a 1-1 draw with Chelsea to keep their slim hopes of a top-six finish alive heading into Sunday's final round of fixtures.

The Reds have scored late decisive winners or equalisers numerous times under the German's rule this season and it is something which is quietly becoming a habit for the Merseyside club.

In fact, since December, goals in the 90th minute or injury-time of a game have earned the club seven points, with injury-time winners against Norwich City and Crystal Palace and equalisers against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Then, of course, there was the incredible comeback win against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final at Anfield, when Klopp's side were 4-2 down on aggregate with 25 minutes to go before scoring three times to win 5-4, with Dejan Lovren heading the winner two minutes into stoppage-time.

Mignolet insists that this trait is not a coincidence, as it is the result of the never-say-die mentality that Klopp has instilled at the club.

The Belgian stopper said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "It’s not a coincidence any more. We’ve scored late goals many times this season. It’s something the gaffer has talked to us about.

"We keep going. We never give up. It’s that mentality that you never accept you are beaten. The gaffer has changed that. We’ve got a connection with the fans now.

"We all believe that something is able to happen, no matter how late in the game it is. And the fans believe too. It was nice to give them that late equaliser."

Benteke's last-gasp leveller against Chelsea means that Liverpool can still finish in the Premier League top six ahead of their Europa League final with Sevilla next Wednesday.

However, for that to happen they would have to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns and hope that West Ham United lose at Stoke City as well as Southampton failing to beat Crystal Palace at home.

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