Simon Mignolet lamented Liverpool's bad luck in front of goal after they played out a 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan at Anfield in the Europa League. Marko Devic gave the visitors the lead with a superb volley early on, but it was cancelled by a goal from Emre Can, as Liverpool secured a third successive draw in Europe.
Rubin played majority of the match with 10 men, after their captain Oleg Kuzmin was sent off in the first half, but Jurgen's Klopp side could not force a winner despite dominating possession and territory. The Belgian shot-stopper Mignolet said the visitors going down to 10 men made it harder for the Reds to break them down.
"It's positive to go against 10 men but, sometimes in football, against 10 men is even harder," Mignolet told the club's official website. "They pulled back and then tried to play on the counter-attack and in the second half they didn't really play any football. We have to accept that and put together a plan when we face that.
"Second half we created a lot, played a lot around their box, but unfortunately we didn't manage to create that one chance that would've given us the second goal. "Sometimes you need that luck when the ball bounces just in front of you, a little deflection or anything. Unfortunately that didn't happen today and we have to accept that," he added.
All to play for
While Liverpool could not force a win in Klopp's first home game as in charge of the club, Mignolet took positives from the fact that the Reds created chances and had 35 shots on goal.
"There are a lot of positives to take, a lot of chances created - when you play at home you want that," he said and added, "And the next time I'm sure we'll score more goals than the one we got today."
"There's still a lot to play for in the Europa League," Mignolet continued.
"We're still second in the group, so we can look forward to the next game and hopefully we can get the three points there."