Simon Mignolet on the help he got to help turnaround form

Simon Mignolet

The Liverpool goalkeeper had a terrible start to the season, but has improved markedly in the second half of the campaign after talking to Dr Steve Peters.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been talking to the Liverpool Echo about the help and advice he has received from the club's sport psychologist Dr Steve Peters.

Mignolet had a wretched first half of the season, which summed up the Reds as a whole, before being dropped for a trip to Manchester United in December. After starting a fourth consecutive game on the bench, he was called upon in the 1-0 win against Burnley when Brad Jones picked up an injury.

The Belgian said he never he doubted his ability even when Brendan Rodgers took him out of the starting XI.

Mignolet said: "After the Burnley game, when I came back into the side, I had a chat with Steve and changed a few things. He has improved my concentration levels. That's something you need when you play for a big club, because you tend to have fewer saves to make - being ready is important.

"I was positive.

"Every goalkeeper goes through those stages, and you only get mentally stronger from them.

"Because we play so many games, I just looked forward to the next match. I always wanted to keep improving and moving forward. I’m in my second year now at Liverpool and I’ve learned a lot."

Mignolet is currently on a terrific run of clean sheets away from home in the Premier League that dates back to his return to the side against Burnley. As a result, only Fraser Forster has kept more clean sheets in the league this season, but with the Southampton keeper unfortunately breaking his knee cap, it presents an opportunity for another of the league's stoppers to pick up this season's golden glove.

From the Liverpool goalkeeper's point of view, it would be a fitting way to mark such a drastic turnaround in form.

The first thing he could do is help Liverpool register another shut-up when they go to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal this weekend, as the Reds try and keep their hopes of finishing in the top four - and qualifying for next season's Champions League - alive.

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