Liverpool's Simon Mignolet looking for help from Premier League to land Golden Glove prize

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

A substitute appearance against Burnley doesn't count on Mignolet's clean sheet record for this season... yet.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said the club have asked the Premier League to include Boxing Day's 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor as a clean sheet recorded by the Belgian. 

Mignolet came off the bench in the early stages of that win, replacing Brad Jones who sustained an injury, and with Mignolet level with three other goalkeepers in the Premier League for the Golden Glove prize for the most clean sheets, he wants all the help he can get.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “At the moment I am joint top but we have asked a question about the Burnley game when I played for 75 minutes but it hasn’t been recognised as a clean sheet.

“After all, if the Man of the Match is subbed after 75 minutes he is still the Man of the Match.

“I’ve always said, time and again, that you get clean sheets as a team and defend as a team so I think it would be great for the confidence of the whole defence if we can do it."

It would prove to be something of a huge turnaround for the Liverpool defence - who broke a clean sheet record in the league by managing six consecutive shut-outs away from home this season as they tightened up significantly at the back. 

This was all after the Reds had only kept the four clean sheets in the Premier League, with the shut-out at Burnley making it five for the first half of the season for Liverpool. In the second half of the campaign so far they have managed to keep opponents at bay on nine occasions, which signals the improvement they have made in that area.

Regardless of whether the clean sheet at Burnley will count in Mignolet's favour, if he manges to keep back-to-back clean sheets to end the season, he'll take some stopping for the Golden Glove prize. 

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