Simon Mignolet says Liverpool defended well against Arsenal despite conceding three

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet

Liverpool were 4-3 winners on the opening day of the season against Arsenal.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott scores their first goalArsenal's Theo Walcott scores their first goal

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet feels the Reds defended well in their win over Arsenal at the weekend, despite conceding three goals at the Emirates Stadium.

Mignolet also saved a penalty from Theo Walcott prior to the Arsenal man opening the scoring for the Gunners, with Liverpool coming from behind to take a 4-1 lead, before Arsenal rallied to leave the scoreline at 4-3.

The Belgian goalkeeper told the Liverpool Echo: “For the first goal we were a bit under the cosh and the second goal was unfortunate - a deflection we couldn’t have done anything about.

Arsenal's Calum Chambers scores their third goalArsenal's Calum Chambers scores their third goal

“The third goal was a set-piece where they took the free-kick early and we weren’t quite organised.

“When we made it 4-1 we needed to make sure we didn’t concede but one goal can change a game. That’s what happened with the deflection."

It's easy to criticise defending when there have been so many goals in the game. Alberto Moreno has been one player in particular who has come in for some criticism for giving away the penalty against Arsenal, and getting caught out for the opening goal. You could argue, however, that he was caught out because he was committed to a counter-attack and Adam Lallana was dispossessed. You could also add it was good work from the Gunners. 

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain danced through Liverpool's defence for the second goal. Some would say he should never have got in between two players but it is a sign of a player who has had good pre-season, while there is little Dejan Lovren could do about the shot that deflected off him and wrong-footed Mignolet in the process.  

The delivery for Calum Chambers goal from Santi Cazorla was excellent and very hard to defend. If no-one had touched it, the chances are the free-kick itself can find itself in the back of the net. 

Of course, there are things for the Reds to work on at the back but sometimes whoever they are up against can do things that are very hard to control. One or two of Arsenal's goals fall into that category - Liverpool have to work on not allowing those kinds of situations to develop. 

Liverpool's Simon MignoletLiverpool's Simon Mignolet

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