"You have to step up!"; Simon Mignolet reacts to surprise Liverpool appearance

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has reacted to his appearance in the side against Burnley today.

Liverpool clinched a win on Boxing Day, defeating Burnley 1-0 thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling, propelling the Reds to ninth place.

Yet the game may be remembered for Simon Mignolet's surprise appearance in the Liverpool side. The Belgian has recently been benched 'indefinitely' by manager Brendan Rodgers, but came on after 15 minutes, with goalkeeper Brad Jones suffering a thigh injury.

Mignolet kept a much needed clean sheet after a tough start to the season for the former Sunderland star, and he reflected on his shock role in the Liverpool team.

"You always have to be ready when you are on the bench or if you are the second-choice goalkeeper," said Mignolet. "Anything can happen in the warm-up so I tried to prepare myself as normal and then when you get the chance you hope you do well.

"Brad and I get on really well. We work hard. It was very unfortunate for him to pick up an injury but I’m sure he will be back soon. We do our best every day in training together to get better. I just take every game as it comes. I’ll work hard and keep my head down as I have always been doing so nothing changes for me. Sometimes things get tough but then you have to step up. I’m a positive guy and I always try and go again and that’s what I will keep doing," he added.

With the fixtures piling up, Liverpool may now be forced to use Mignolet for upcoming fixtures - and it gives the 26-year-old the perfect chance to prove his doubters wrong after a spell out of the side.

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