Brendan Rodgers on Simon Mignolet's performance for Liverpool v Stoke city

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian stopper put in a far more impressive performance this afternoon.

In the week Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had yet another night to forget. Harsh critics blamed him for the second Ludogorets goal yesterday, while the first was undoubtedly his fault.

He failed to hold on to a routine catch in the opening stages of the game last night while he remained rooted on his line, a common problem of his, for what proved to be the equaliser.

The Belgian's confidence appears to be shot at the moment and the £9 million Liverpool spent for him is beginning to look like a slight overpayment.

When compared to the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively there is no doubt that Liverpool have keeper issues.

But today saw him return to form. He was excellent against Stoke city in a hard fought 1-0 win. His save from Bojan’s powerful drive is already a potential contender for save of the season.

So what was behind his improvement? His manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed what he told him to do before the game, telling him to get back to basics:

"He's made a couple of great saves there. I asked him to simplify his game and do what he's good at, which is shot-stopping.

"He came for a couple of crosses, especially at the end there when the pressure was on and it becomes a war at the end of the game with so many big players.

"He made a couple of great saves today and I am very pleased for him because he's a good guy who is working very hard at his game."

Hopefully this is the start of a good run of form for the Belgian.

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