Liverpool media round-up: Mignolet not getting carried away; legend praises goalkeeper

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said the side are not thinking about the prospect of lifting the FA Cup this season despite progressing to the semi-final stage of the competition.

Standing in their way for a place in the final are Aston Villa at Wembley a week on Sunday, with there a lot of pressure on Liverpool to give outgoing captain Steven Gerrard the perfect leaving present by winning the competition prior to his departure to MLS side LA Galaxy.

Mignolet is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “The only thing we can keep in mind now is how to get past Villa. Then we will see what comes after that. We can’t look ahead to the final, Villa will be tough.

“Stevie is also the first one to acknowledge that we can’t have any extra pressure on the team (to give him the dream send-off).

“We have got to keep doing the things we are doing. The only thing we can do is work hard, focus and keep our heads down.”

Before their Wembley date against Villa, the Reds have a Premier League encounter against Newcastle United at Anfield to contend with as they look to put recent disappointments against Manchester United and Arsenal behind them.

The chances of Liverpool finishing in the Champions League places look slim, having slipped seven points adrift, but a win against Newcastle could allow them to close the gap - given third play fourth when Manchester United take on Manchester City this weekend.

The Reds' goalkeeper added: “The only thing you can do is respond and we did that. We will enjoy this win but now the focus is on Newcastle. We will do our best to get three points.”

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby heaped praise on Mignolet in this week's Liverpool Echo column for his performance in the midweek win over Blackburn, saying he bounced back from the Arsenal game where he was one of many players who came in for criticism.

Molby wrote: "He proved that Saturday was a one-off. He has been in exceptional form. He’s making clear decisions and the relationship between him and his defenders has improved so much."

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