Raheem Sterling hails 'magnificent' teammate on return to form

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet kept another clean sheet away from home for Liverpool in their win over Southampton.

Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has praised the contribution of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as he kept yet another clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Southampton yesterday.

Mignolet's form has been one of the highlights of Liverpool's continued improvement, with the switch to a back three also proving favourable, with the Belgian also thanking not over-thinking decisions.

Sterling told the Liverpool Echo: "That's football - one week you can be hated, the next week you are loved.

“It's huge credit to Simon because he's been magnificent. He made some great saves and commanded his box well.

“As an outfield player it's great to see. Hopefully he can continue that form and we can keep winning games.”

Mignolet seems to have recovered well from his spell out of the side, having not conceded away from home in the Premier League ever since he replaced Brad Jones in the 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

He played a key part in the win over Southampton as he made a string of fine saves to keep Ronald Koeman's side at bay and keep his ninth clean sheet of the season - though some argue 10 given he came off the bench and played most of the game at Burnley.

The system that Liverpool have recently adopted helps with three centre-halves taking a little of the responsibility away from Mignolet, and it has allowed him to focus on the key goalkeeping areas of commanding his area, stopping crosses and being the shop stopper he has always been praised for - even when he was in a bit of a rut.

Now we are seeing a goalkeeper who is a lot more confident when he comes off his line, when he has previously seemed fearful. His turnaround has been remarkable in such a short space of time.

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