Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has backed under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to return to action stronger than ever.
The Belgian international joined the Liverpool from fellow Premier League outfit Sunderland in the summer of 2013, and enjoyed a highly successfu debut campaign at the club.
This season, however, his form has been somewhat indifferent as his Liverpool team struggle for consistency, putting in a number of frustrating performances.
Notwithstanding the evident lack of firepower upfront, Liverpool have been poor at the back and Mignolet has taken his fair share of flak.
In a bid to protect Mignolet from ongoing criticism, Rodgers decided to take his number one out of the firing line by dropping him to the bench, but Rodgers has now assured reporters that the goalkeeper will return a stronger player.
“Simon will come back a better goalkeeper for this experience. And I have not lost my belief in him,” Rodgers was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“Simon has been fantastic. He is still an outstanding goalkeeper and this period out will give him the chance to just focus on his own game.”
Mignolet has started 15 Premier League matches for the Reds this season, conceding 19 goals and keeping just four clean sheets.
His replacement Brad Jones has featured in the past two Liverpool Premier League clashes against rivals Manchester United and Arsenal. He has, however, let in a disappointing five goals.