Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was at fault on Thursday night as his lack of time awareness helped hand Bordeaux the lead at Anfield.
The Belgian goalkeeper routinely collected the ball as the French side’s attack broke down, but then decided to hold on to the ball for over 20 seconds as he looked for an available teammate.
However, the referee unsurprisingly lost patience with the 27-year-old and awarded the visitors a free-kick in the Liverpool box, and Henri Saivet made the most of the opportunity to compound Mignolet’s misery by breaking the deadlock with a wonderful finish into the top corner.
Fortunately for Mignolet, his blushes were spared to an extent as James Milner scored from the penalty spot after Christian Benteke was brought down in the box just minutes later. The Belgian then added a goal of his own with a smart turn and finish to ensure that Jurgen Klopp’s men went into the interval with a 2-1 lead.
With recent speculation suggesting that the German tactician wants to replace Mignolet, as reported by Sky Sports, the former Sunderland stopper would have done himself no favours in securing his place in the team with such a silly mistake but will have his teammates to potentially thank if it doesn’t turn out to be decisive.