Three players who have broken through for Liverpool this season

We look at three players who may have had some sort of breakthrough with the Reds this season.

It seems to be the norm for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers that there will be a story attached to one player's season; that they will have broken through in some way.

Usually it's because they are youngsters who have impressed and managed to have an impact on the first team, a new signing that has perhaps more time on the field than would have been expected of them.

The other may have been at the club a little longer, but their contribution has become all the more significant and their place within the side appears to have grown in importance.

Here are three players who fall into one of the above categories:

Jordon Ibe:

Ibe was sent on loan to Derby County earlier on in the season in order to get some more first team experience after a very promising pre-season. It was expected he'd be there for the entire season but he impressed those at Anfield enough for him to be recalled and given a spell in the side in the wing-back role.

Since his return he has caused problems for several defenders and has also been a powerful presence for the Reds. The 19-year-old unfortunately got injured but seems to have pleased a lot of fans with his displays.

Simon Mignolet

This is Mignolet's second season at Anfield, and it's fair to say he has struggled during his time at the club, which culminated in him being dropped for one of the biggest games of the season when Liverpool travelled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. But his form since he returned to the side against Burnley has been pretty good. He has helped break a 40-year-old clean sheet record and looked more like a goalkeeper befitting of the club. If it has not been a breakthrough in the sense of him being known, then it is breakthrough in terms of his form and his position at the club.

Emre Can:

He never really got his chance in the first half of the season after making the move from Bayer Leverkusen for nearly £10 million. After a couple of appearances from off the bench, he was hampered by injury and never really forced himself into the team until the Reds moved to three at the back, and he was put into the back line. He has impressed during his time there, and has been another player to become a favourite of the fans at the club - with many looking forward to seeing just how his career develops. Whether that will be in midfield, or in his current role at the back.

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