Under-fire Liverpool star reveals how he deals with criticism

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet has been heavily criticised in recent months.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said that he deals with criticism in the same way as praise: by accepting it and swiftly moving on.

The Belgian international joined the Reds for a reported £9 million fee from fellow Premier League side Sunderland in the summer of 2013.

Mignolet couldn’t have enjoyed a better official debut, saving an 89th-minute penalty in the opening day 1-0 home victory over Stoke City.

That, however, remains arguably the custodian’s biggest moment in a Liverpool shirt as the subsequent 15 months have been littered with ups and downs and plenty of talking points.

This season, Brendan Rodgers’s side have struggled from a defensive perspective and the back five, including Mignolet, have come in for a barrage of abuse from the so-called experts.

Former Reds number one Bruce Grobbelaar wasn’t shy on slating the former Sunderland ace in a recent interview, labelling him as worse than Dracula for his inability to come off his line and command his area.

Criticism, however, is part and parcel of football, and Mignolet doesn’t seem to get too downhearted by what he reads in the papers.

"I deal with a good performance the same as a poor performance - you have to accept it and move on," he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"What I did after the [Ludogorets] game was look forward to the next game and that is what I will do again today.”

The Reds got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Anfield yesterday, and Mignolet believes that the clean sheet will give his side a confidence boost for the trip to Leicester City on Tuesday.

"It is always pleasing as a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet but the most important thing is to get back to winning ways and hopefully we can build a bit of momentum now," he said.

"If you play at home you want to win games and we did the job and that is all that counts. There is another game on Tuesday [against bottom side Leicester] and we will look forward to that one."

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