Schmeichel defends Liverpool’s Mignolet following Neville criticism

Former Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel has leapt to the defence of under fire Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and claimed Gary Neville’s criticism was a “character assassination”, according to the BBC.

Former United and England right back turned Sky Sports pundit Neville had heavily criticised the Liverpool number one for recent performances and went as far as claiming there was a fundamental flaw in his technique – which if rectified he would have been able to save Phil Jagielka’s wonder strike equaliser against Everton.

Neville also looked at previous performances last season and was joined by former Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher in vilifying the Belgium.

But Schmeichel believes that the whole ordeal was way over the top and claimed that the criticism was unjust coming from someone who had never played in goal.

The Dane said: “It was a character assassination that Gary Neville did to Simon Mignolet.

“I just think what was done on Monday Night Football was out of order because it was a really, really good shot, and it was demonstrated how low he was, but by someone who’s played right-back all his life.

“I have to say I don’t think the boy has done too bad since that night where he was taken apart by Carragher and Neville.”

Mignolet has been under increasing pressure at Anfield this season after some less than convincing performances have called his spot into contention.

Liverpool have been linked with former Barcelona keeper and free agent Victor Valdes in recent weeks and could still make a move for the Spaniard.

Despite this, Mignolet has made 52 appearances in Liverpool colours since joining from Sunderland last season in a £9m deal.

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