The 26-year-old Belgian stopper signed from Sunderland in the summer to join Brendan Rodgers’ Reds at Anfield .The Merseyside giants currently sit second in the Premier League table, just four points off Chelsea ahead of their clash with champions Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.
Rodgers has played down his side’s title challenge this term, insisting that Liverpool’s main objective is to qualify for the Champions League, but with just 10 games left to play this season, the title race is closer than close.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken much the same stance on the title as his Liverpool rival.
The Portuguese coach has consistently played down the Blues’ chances this term, insisting his project is a work-in-progress intended to challenge for titles in the future and, it appears, the Reds keeper agrees with the special one.
"At this moment we have to stay calm. We still have 10 games to go. We are second, but the race still can end either way,” he explained.
"But we hope we'll be contenders until the end. (Jose) Mourinho is right when he says the title race will not only be decided in the big games, but also against the lower tier teams.”
The Reds face no such thing this weekend as they prepare for their clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Liverpool head into the clash with the Red Devils 11 points ahead of the champions and, as United boss David Moyes admitted earlier this week, as likely favourites.
Liverpool have performed exceptionally well against the so-called ‘big teams’ this term. They have swept aside Arsenal 5-1, Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby at Anfield, demolished Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane, after beating United 1-0 at Anfield back in September.
But, defeats to Southampton and Hull City early on, and draws with West Brom, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Swansea could prove more costly than defeats away at Stamford Bridge and the Etihad this term, as Mignolet suggests.
Regardless, it must be acknowledged the Reds are much improved under Brendan Rodgers this term. After a difficult debut season at Anfield last term, and a seventh place finish in the league, the boss has really brought his squad on leaps and bounds this term and, despite the dismissal of their title chances, Liverpool are firmly in the race this term, whether they like it or not.