Liverpool's Simon Mignolet offers perfect response to enforced break

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

An unfortunate injury to Brad Jones worked in Simon Mignolet's favour, but he has impressed for Liverpool since returning from an enforced break.

Back in December, Simon Mignolet was informed that he had been dropped from the Liverpool starting XI for an ‘indefinite period’.

The BBC were among those to report said comment from Brendan Rodgers, with the Reds seeing the need for change following a number of shaky performances from their first-choice shot-stopper.

A break, it was decided, would suit all parties, with Brad Jones given a rare opportunity to impress and Mignolet offered the chance to get his head straight on the bench.

As it happens, Jones was to last three-and-a-bit fixtures before succumbing to an unfortunate injury.

Mignolet was thrown back in, with Rodgers left with little choice, but the Belgium international has offered the perfect response to an enforced break.

  MatchGoals ConcededClean SheetSavesTotal High ClaimAccurate Goal KicksTotal Keeper SweeperAppearancesMins Played
Simon Mignolet Liverpool vs Leicester 2 0 1 3 6 0 1 90
Simon Mignolet Liverpool vs Swansea 1 0 3 0 2 1 1 90
Simon Mignolet Sunderland vs Liverpool 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 90
Simon Mignolet Aston Villa vs Liverpool 0 1 4 5 1 3 1 90
Simon Mignolet Liverpool vs West Ham 0 1 2 1 3 1 1 90
Simon Mignolet Burnley vs Liverpool 0 1 0 2 3 0 1 74

Since stepping back in, Liverpool have lost just one game with Mignolet between the sticks – the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea.

That is their only reversal in 10, and even that game saw them keep the Premier League leaders at bay for 94 minutes.

In top-flight competition, the Reds have secured four clean sheets in their last six, dropping just two points in the process.

While Mignolet cannot take all of the credit for a welcome upturn in fortune, he can be proud of the part he has played and may feel that he is doing enough to keep Rodgers out of the summer transfer market for a new number one.

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