Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet admits that he is under pressure to perform on a game-by-game basis and at Anfield there is no room for complacency, the Mirror report.
The Belgian international was often looked upon as a scapegoat by pundits and fans alike following the Reds’ difficult start to the campaign.
Such was the criticism aimed his way, boss Brendan Rodgers dropped him from first-team duties during a run of fixtures in December – seemingly taking him out of the firing line.
However, a bit of perspective may have done Mignolet some good as performances over January were much improved, coinciding with a run of positive results for the Merseyside outfit.
Having secured four clean sheets in his previous five matches, some could forgive the former Sunderland man for feeling a sense of comfort, yet Mignolet explains that’s not the case and will never be accepted at Anfield.
“I have to prove myself in every game,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “But that’s the same for every player.
“Every time you play for Liverpool Football Club, you have to show you are worth the jersey. That will always be the case and I accept that.
“You move on from each game and do not dwell on bad performances or get flustered by good performances.
“The only thing people remember is how you played in the last game, but if I make a mistake against Crystal Palace, people will remember that.”
The rigors of playing for a top club:
Playing for the top clubs has its perks and flashy perception, but the constant pressure and demand can often overwhelm players and leave them disenchanted.
It’s safe to say Mignolet has been one of the most critiqued players of the current Premier League campaign, and on more than one occasion unfairly.
However, this is part and parcel of playing for a leading club and in this particular instance the Liverpool supporters will be heartened to know that their shot-stopper understands the situation.
And further, he appears keen on embracing the challenge.