Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has explained in the Liverpool Echo what he feels Simon Mignolet has shown since he came back into the team.
Rodgers has praised the impact the Belgian is having on the current side, as they secured their 14th clean sheet of the season over the weekend in the 0-0 draw against West Brom.
Mignolet was dropped earlier in the season after making several mistakes, which seemed to leave his confidence in tatters, but the boss feels he’s responded well and has learnt from that period in the campaign.
“I’ve been delighted with Simon since he’s come back into the team, he’s shown wonderful ability, a wonderful assurance,” said Rodgers.
“He didn’t have much to do (against West Brom) but the one save he had he showed great agility and made the save, so I’ve been delighted with him.”
A consistent goalkeeper is vital for any team and it’s encouraging that Mignolet seems to have learnt from the adversity, which plagued him earlier this season.
He’s playing well and looks commanding around his penalty box, which bodes well moving forward over the rest of the season and beyond.
Mignolet has cut right down on the errors and isn’t taking too many risks with smart football in terms of the way he controls his penalty area and distributes the ball out from the back four.
Any goalkeeper who is solid gives his back four confidence, allowing them to nudge further up the pitch, which makes it easier for the midfield and attack to maintain pressure over the opposition.
Hopefully he can maintain the form he’s showing and build on it further looking ahead to pre-season.