Simon Mignolet has explained on the Liverpool website the common message he was given by his partner and coaches at the club, which he says helped him to turnaround his form.
The Liverpool shot stopper has been criticised heavily at times this season, with Brendan Rodgers quoted by the BBC last December saying that the Belgian was out of the team for an indefinite period.
Since his replacement Brad Jones picked up an injury and Mignolet came back into the team, he hasn’t looked back and seems to have benefited from the period of reflection.
“What she asked me was are you over-thinking stuff too much? Coincidentally the day afterwards when we met the coaching staff they mentioned the exactly same thing,” he said.
“Obviously it helped that she and the coaching staff noticed it at the same time, so that was something we changed and it has helped my game and my performances since.”
Perhaps the Anfield number one was so eager to impress and build on his first season at the club that he was trying a little too hard.
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He featured in a Liverpool side which nearly won the Premier League last season and the heartbreak of narrowly missing out at the hands of Manchester City forced him to look inside himself at the improvements he could make personally.
Credit has to go to his partner and the coaches at the club for helping lift some of the pressure off of him and getting him to focus on what he’s good at as well as genuinely enjoying his football again.
He’s one of the Liverpool players who can hold his head up through recent performances and hopefully he can remember that and focus on it to be consistent for the Reds through next season.