John Aldridge talks up recently under-fire Liverpool duo

Aldridge has been impressed with the performances of Simon Mignolet in 2015, and praised Joe Allen's performance against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has taken time to praise two players who have been under fire for their performances recently after helping the side through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Simon Mignolet's form has been criticised for much of the season but the Belgian goalkeeper has shown signs in recent weeks that he could have what it takes to become the club's number one goalkeeper long-term.

Praise of Mignolet is perhaps not surprising, but that of Joe Allen, who has become something of a scapegoat among club fans this season, is. 

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge said: "He had some dark days earlier in the season, but Simon Mignolet has been a shining light in the last month. In fact, I think he’s been Liverpool’s best, most consistent player since the turn of the year.

"He was excellent against Palace, and deserves huge credit for turning around his season so spectacularly. I’ve always been a fan of his, even when he was struggling. And it’s great to see him back to his best.

"In addition, I thought Joe Allen had a very good second half at Selhurst Park. He’s another who has had criticism, but that was the kind of performance Liverpool need from him."

Mignolet's recent improvement in form has been widely acknowledged, especially given the recent run of clean sheets for the Reds in the Premier League which came to an end during the win against Tottenham last week.

But Allen seems to be the man who irks certain sections of the Liverpool support. Some accuse him of getting bullied in the middle of the park too easily and having a detrimental effect on the team.

Saturday evening certainly seemed one of the Welshman's better games. There are still elements of rustiness to his game as he looks to get back to full fitness after persistent niggling injury problems. 

His job doesn't seem to be the glamorous one in the middle of the park, more to do with keeping possession ticking over and so Liverpool control the game for longer periods. He had a part to play in the build up for the Reds' equaliser at Selhurst Park by supplying Jordan Henderson, who then set up Daniel Sturridge.

There is still plenty of work for both Allen and Mignolet, but the latter seems to be winning people round.

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