Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet was both hero and villain for the Reds’ as their crunch Premier League clash with Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Belgian keeper was back to his comedy best in the first half, caught out still organising his defensive wall when David Luiz took a quick free-kick to give the Londoners the lead on 24 minutes.
But in the second half he turned things around and saved Liverpool from a late defeat by diving low to push away Diego Costa’s spot-kick after the Chelsea front man went down in the box following a challenge by Joel Matip
The two sides to Mignolet’s game resulted in a flood of posts online both berating and congratulating him on another up-and-down performance.
First it was the free kick.
Mignolet: "I didn't hear the whistle when Luiz hit it early."
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) January 31, 2017
— Pie Sports Booze ? (@piesportsbooze) January 31, 2017
Mignolet as Luiz's free-kick comes in… pic.twitter.com/9c93E9Z4em
— AS English (@English_AS) January 31, 2017
Still, some were convinced he wouldn’t have saved it anyway.
You could give Mignolet a week's notice to prepare for that free kick, he's never saving it.
— David (@TekkaBooSon) January 31, 2017
Then, it was time for the heroics.
Mignolet's not bad when he's paying attention. pic.twitter.com/XW0WXq6sVn
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) January 31, 2017
Good save by Mignolet who benefitted from looking at the shot as it was taken. That could catch on.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) January 31, 2017
You might think that was a good save from Mignolet, but he was actually only then diving to save the David Luiz free kick.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 31, 2017
The penalty save gave rise to an interesting stat!
6 – Simon Mignolet has saved 6 of the 14 PL penalties he's faced at Liverpool, more than any keeper at the club. Stopper.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 31, 2017
While this tweet just about sums up the feelings of most Liverpool fans.
I slated Mignolet for the free kick & I still don't rate him, but I could kiss him now after that wonderful penalty save #LFC
— Craig (KopJaffer) (@KopJaffer_LFC) January 31, 2017