Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet wasn't required to do much in goal during last night's 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the semi-finals of the League Cup but has called for the side to put in a similar performance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the return leg, as they look to reach Wembley.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Mignolet was impressed with the goal scored by Raheem Sterling that levelled the tie up, and also the side's performance as whole.
He said: “That performance will give everyone a boost. We showed how much we have improved but the message is we can’t afford to get carried away. Everyone needs to stay calm.
“Hopefully we can get the right result at Stamford Bridge and get ourselves into the final.
“We believe we can go there and get the result we want.
“It’s not important who is favourites now. We have to look at ourselves.
“We just need to put in a similar performance to the one tonight. Tuesday will be a different game and we have to keep doing the same things.”
Mignolet has been under a lot of pressure himself this season but the Belgian seems to be getting back to some sort of decent form. He seems to have greater understanding with his defenders as the unit itself looks a little more solid.
Though his instinct is still to stay on his line there have been more times when he has been more prepared to come for the ball, but that in part seems to be down to better defending from the three players in front of him with Mamadou Sakho and Emre Can bringing some much needed composure to Liverpool's back line.
The goalkeeper added: “I spoke to the gaffer about what I needed to work on during my time out of the team,” he said.
“I’ve just tried to keep my head down and work hard in training.
“I need to keep doing my job week in, week out. There are lot of big games coming up with a lot to play for and we all want to do well.”
More games when he has very little to do will suit Mignolet down to the ground. Prior to the second leg, the Reds face Bolton in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they look to keep themselves competitive in three cup competitions.
Having been incredibly competitive in the first game, the Reds feel they have what it takes to get to Wembley, but they have an important game to take care of against the Trotters first.