Arsenal performance a benchmark for Liverpool season, says Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian keeper says they must reenact their Emirates performance in order to secure victory over Manchester United.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says they will have to repeat their performance away to Arsenal if they are to enjoy any success against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Reds put in a highly accomplished performance at the Emirates, with a resolute defensive showing being the backbone of the display allowing them to leave London with a vital point.

They followed that up with a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United, though, and their Belgian keeper says they must put in another display like they did against the Gunners if they are to take anything from a trip to Old Trafford.

“The performance at Arsenal was a benchmark and a marker for the rest of the season,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“We have to try to perform at that level against United. When you can be tough to beat you always have a chance to win as we know we have the ability in the team to score goals.”

Confidence key to return of form

The return to Old Trafford will be a significant one for Mignolet, after he was famously dropped for the fixture last season.

That came after he had put in a number of unimpressive displays previously, with manager Brendan Rodgers deciding it was time to pull his number one out of the firing line and go with then number two Brad Jones instead.

However, Mignolet soon returned when his replacement picked up an untimely injury and has since been in fine form, finishing  the 2014/15 campaign as one of the league’s top goalkeepers.

Reflecting on that turnaround, he says a lot of it had to do with confidence.

"I think a lot of it is down to confidence coming back into my game,” he added.

"When you keep a couple of clean sheets, you don’t really hesitate or doubt yourself any more. I stopped thinking twice and went with my feeling instead."

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