Diego Costa missed a penalty to ensure Chelsea secured the three points against Liverpool
The Belgian goalkeeper saved from the spot from Diego Costa after the two sides had exchanged goals.
But afterwards the Reds manager said: “This wonderful, powerful club needs to keep its nerves. This team is outstanding in attitude so lets do the best we can and see where we end up at the end of the season.
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“The results tonight were good for us, but we must continue to fight.”
And he maintained that Liverpool caused enough problems for league leaders Chelsea to have won the match.
“They are an outstanding side and I’m not sure happy is the right word to say how I’m feeling, but I’m proud of the boys because they did outstanding things against a really good side,” he said.
Simon Mignolet saving Costa's penalty kick at Anfield
“We did really well. the result we can’t change. We could have lost because it was a penalty. In the second half we caused them problems, we could have scored a second time or a third time. I’m happy we could give this sign and create this atmosphere. It was a good performance.”
Mignolet was both hero and villain after having been caught out by David Luiz’s quick thinking free-kick in the first half.
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his side could have few complaints.
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“That was world class from David Luiz we have to say that. Even if was prepared it would have been difficult to save it because it was hit well and right in the corner.”
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Mignolet said he was pleased to make amends for his earlier error by saving Costa’s late spot-kick. But the Liverpool keeper insisted the overriding feeling was one of disappointment in the home dressing room after a match he felt they should have won.
“I’m happy that I could make the save but the feeling is that we’re disappointed not to take three points,” he said. “If we feel like that against Chelsea who are leading and scoring a lot of goals then it shows how hungry we are.We deserved three points.”
Mignolet was caught out by an opportunist free-kick from Chelsea centre-half David Luiz in the first half whilst he was still arranging his wall and held his hands up to the mistake afterwards.
“I didn’t hear the whistle and he hit it early. It is a difficult feeling. He hit it well but I’m disappointed,” he said.
Luiz said he planned the surprise kick for his goal. “Sometimes you need to try the surprise,” he said. “I’m not in the best position to take free-kicks because my knee is hurting and I can’ train every day, but in a game you need to see the opportunity. I’m pleased I scored.”