Simon Mignolet has not had the best starts to the new season, but was happy with his performance v Real Madrid yesterday.
It has been a tough season for Simon Mignolet so far, receiving criticism from several pundits. With reports of Liverpool chasing free agent Victor Valdes recently on top of that it has been quite a miserable month or so in the life of the Belgian.
In fairness his performances have not been up to scratch.
But against Newcastle United last weekend the Liverpool stopper seemed to improve. After a few ropey moments early on he was soon claiming most crosses into the area and made a fine save from Remy Cabella late on.
Last night, he was looking back to his best once again.
His shot-stopping has rarely been questioned, ever since he almost single-handedly kept Sunderland in the Premier League prior to his £9 million Anfield switch.
He made excellent stops to deny the likes of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo from claiming the points for Real Madrid.
After the game Mignolet spoke to the official Liverpool website about the game. The Belgian was clearly pleased with yet another improved performance between the sticks:
"I'm pleased with my own performance, but that always comes second because we want to win points and we want to win as a team.
"Unfortunately we didn't keep a clean sheet because it would have given us that point. But for me, personally, I'll take a lot of confidence out of the game."
In a goalkeeper confidence can sometimes be the key and if Mignolet's is steadily coming back then that can only be good news for Liverpool in what has been a struggle of a season so far.