On The Clock

Simon Mignolet's ludicrous time-wasting led directly to a Bordeaux goal

The Reds lead 2-1 thanks to goals from James Milner and Christian Benteke.

Liverpool v Bordeaux - UEFA Europa League - Group B - Anfield Martin Rickett Saivet rockets the game's opening goal past Mignolet. Martin Rickett

SIMON MIGNOLET WILL have a bit of explaining to do at Anfield tonight.

The Liverpool keeper was left red-faced after he was penalised for holding on to the ball for 22 seconds — almost four times longer than the six seconds permitted by the rules.

Referee Alon Yefet took a dim view of the Belgian’s behaviour and awarded Bordeaux an indirect free-kick inside the Liverpool area.

This clip shows just part of Mignolet’s nonsense, which will give you an idea of how long he was holding the ball for:

There was still a hell of a lot of work to do, but Jaroslav Plasil rolled the ball to Henri Saivet who thumped it into the roof of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead on 33 minutes.

Liverpool hit back within five minutes, James Milner converting from the penalty spot after Christian Benteke was brought down in the box:

And Benteke gave the Reds the lead in first-half stoppage time, turning and firing past Cedric Carrasso from the edge of the box:

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