It's not that I have to compare players.
Afterwards he said he had no option but to take the cynical approach, whatever the outcome.
The Stoke manager was still fuming on Friday and feels the referee should not be in charge of a game this weekend after making such a fundamental mistake.
"All players in the world need the other players - it was fantastic from Sadio Mane for the first goal".
During the Premier League fixture at the Bet365 Stadium, Mignolet fouled Mame Biram Diouf outside of the penalty area, preventing the Potters winger from tapping home into an empty net, but the official opted to give the Belgian a yellow card.
"If he can continue like this he's obviously in the mix". "I just don't understand why the officials didn't see it for what it was".
Asked whether he was worried Atkinson might send him off Mignolet added: 'It never crossed my mind.
"Keita will bring that vital snap in the middle of the pitch which we need in the Premier League on a long season", he told BBC Sport. The best thing after a game is that nobody speaks of the referee but that doesn't happen too often.
Stoke was ushered well by ex-Red, Peter Crouch, who helped create a couple of chances for another one of Liverpool's ex-players, Joe Allen.
The biggest moment of the game, the incident that did not see a red card handed to Liverpool's number 1.
Liverpool are hopeful of having Adam Lallana available for the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday [2 December] despite the England international missing the win at Stoke City due to another injury setback.
"I don't think it was lucky with Simon Mignolet, there were two defenders around the situation and he is not the last man", said the German.
Ultimately any refereeing controversy was rendered moot by Stoke's profligacy and Liverpool's ruthlessness.
"It's not me that has to compare players or impact".
Jürgen Klopp's initial assessment of the moment was that the referee made the correct call, believing that Mignolet couldn't be considered the last man and thus no clear, goal-scoring opportunity existed.
With 13 minutes remaining, Liverpool scored again. It really was a tremendous strike. More deeply questionable defending saw Erik Pieters woefully misjudge a header back to Grant, then Salah leapt on the ball and tucked it home with the confidence of a man in the form of his life. "Yes, probably. But that's how it is". "I'm not even a little bit interested in this".
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are dropping very few points right now - and Liverpool, if they lost this match, would have been in danger of allowing the aforementioned clubs inside the top four to drift away from them.
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