Brendan Rodgers delighted with 'outstanding' Simon Mignolet

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Liverpool's boss has reserved special praise for one of their recent star performers.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the club’s official website about the resurgence of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian stopper was dropped earlier this season, an unused substitute against both Manchester United and Arsenal; but he returned to the side against Burnley and swiftly rediscovered his form.

That brief spell out the starting line-up may have been the wake-up call he needed, and there is no doubt he has been one of Liverpool’s most impressive players in 2015.

Rodgers has adapted Liverpool’s defence and they look far more resilient with three central defenders – and a goalkeeper who clearly believes in himself again.

“I always felt he was an outstanding ‘keeper,” Rodgers said. “It’s why we took him here.

“I’ve been delighted with Simon since he’s come back into the team; he’s shown wonderful ability, a wonderful assurance.”

Mignolet kept another clean-sheet at the weekend, as Liverpool drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion.

They could ultimately be left to rue those two dropped points, especially with Manchester United losing the following day, but whatever happens they clearly have a ‘keeper who is focused on making a positive impact for as long as he remains at Anfield.

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