Jerzy Dudek backs Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to prove a success at Anfield

The Belgian has come in for criticism since moving to Merseyside.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek believes that current Reds number one Simon Mignolet will prove to be a success at Anfield, and will justify the club's decision to award him a new contract, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Belgian recently signed a contract extension with the club that is set to keep him on Merseyside until 2021 (via Mirror), and while some Liverpool fans may have questioned the decision, Dudek suggested that the best is yet to come from the stopper.

"He is a good goalkeeper," Dudek said, as reported by the Mirror. "He will get better too. He is 27 now, which is younger than me when I signed for Liverpool, he is just getting to the best years for a keeper.

"He's good with his feet and he is good on the line.

"He has had some problems with high balls - crosses - but a lot of keepers have the same problem in England."

Mignolet has been mostly impressive since moving to the club from Sunderland in 2013, but has come in for criticism on various occasions due to mistakes. 

Just like Dudek did in the Champions League final of 2005, however, he proved during Tuesday's penalty shootout in the Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Stoke City that he has the potential to be the hero. He saved two of the Potters' spot-kicks to ensure that Jurgen Klopp's men would be heading to Wembley next month.

And with understudy Adam Bogdan failing to impress when he has been given a chance this season, Klopp will be hoping that the Belgian lives up to Dudek's expectations, and justifies why the club have given him their long-term backing. 

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