Ray Clemence: I never doubted Simon Mignolet

Ray Clemence says the form of Liverpool star Simon Mignolet hasn't surprised him.

Liverpool legend Ray Clemence has told the Liverpool Echo that he never doubted the ability of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian is one of Brendan Rodgers’ in form players after coming back into the side, having been dropped for Australian Brad Jones.

Clemence feels he’s making the difference in big games and is showing a lot of confidence, which was missing earlier in the season.

“He’s making vital saves and helping his team win matches. It just shows what a difference confidence makes,” said Clemence.

“He hasn’t surprised me because I knew he had it in him. He had an exceptional season for Sunderland before Liverpool bought him.”

When he’s confident and playing well Mignolet is extremely effective with the way he gets the side playing football from the back.

He was a target for opposition teams who looked to try and physically bully him and put him under pressure in big games, but he’s dealt with that challenge well.

His decision making was arguably an area he needed to work on and if he can continue to make the right decisions over the rest of the season in key moments, he should keep the Reds in big games and keep them ahead when they are under pressure.

Rodgers deserves a pat on the back for leaving him out when he needed a break and backing him when he came back into the side.

The 26-year-old potentially has a very long future at the club and could become one of Liverpool’s most reliable players.

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