Liverpool morning news: Rodgers warns players, Mignolet gets slammed

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Liverpool are just four games away from winning the Premier League this season, but manager Brendan Rodgers has urged his players not to get carried away.

The Merseyside outfit will head into this weekend’s round of matches two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table.

The Reds take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday and are expected to win, but Rodgers has warned his players not to get complacent.

The Northern Irishman claims that title-rivals Manchester City dropping points against Sunderland and fourth-place-chasing Everton losing to Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday are warning signs.

‘I said to the players before we started training this morning that if there was doubt about our rivals dropping points, then they should also take last night's results as a warning sign’, Liverpool’s official website quotes him as saying. ‘It was a warning sign for everyone that, at this point of the season with four games to go, there is nothing guaranteed and I have said that all the way along.

‘Crystal Palace had an excellent result and Sunderland were within minutes of getting a great victory. That was the biggest message I got from last night. Yes, one of our rivals might have dropped points but that is irrelevant’.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has echoed his manager’s words, and believes that he and his teammates need to stay humble and continue to work hard.

‘It's normal for the supporters to get excited and be discussing our chances’, the 27-year-old told the club’s official website. ‘When I'm out shopping or out with my family I bump into fans who mention it to me. I've told them to stay calm and not to worry. We'll be trying our best.

‘For the players it's probably best if we don't get involved in that kind of talk. Personally, I think that if I don't watch TV, listen to the radio or read about us on the internet it's better. I know what the situation is.

‘Winning the title would be very special but we can't think about that yet. There is no point in looking at other games or what might happen in a week or two weeks. For us it's always about the next game’.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has claimed that Simon Mignolet is a weak link in Rodgers’ lineup and could cost them their first title in the Premier League era.

The 56-year-old former Zimbabwe international, who won six league titles and the European Cup once with the Merseyside club between 1981 and 1994, believes that conceding 42 goals is not a good sign.

‘Mignolet is a good shot-stopper, but by no means the best all-round keeper’, The Mirror quotes him as saying. ‘A good keeper should be easy on his feet, plays out from the back and commands himself in the penalty box. A keeper should never be beaten – as he has been – by a header from three yards out. The keeper coach has to work him harder and he can improve a lot, of course he can.

‘Another point is his positioning on free-kicks. His starting position is not right. The team and the defence is too far back for the keeper. They’re on top of him. He’s not commanding enough.

‘Another reason I look at Mignolet is the number of goals he’s conceded. Any team which concedes that number of goals should not be top of the league. You compare that to the number of goals Petr Cech has conceded at Chelsea and that tells you the difference. Any good team starts from the back’.

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