Three Liverpool players who proved a point during Stoke City win

Three Reds stars who sent a message to both Brendan Rodgers and the Kop with their displays during yesterday's 1-0 win at Anfield.

Simon Mignolet

It's fair to say Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has not had the best of seasons. In fact, it's almost unfair not to emphasise just how bad it's been.

As recently as Wednesday night, the Belgian was showing just why former Anfield shot stopper Bruce Grobbelaar called him 'worse than Dracula,' while at the same time making a mockery of Brendan Rodgers' continued faith in him.

Yesterday, however, Mignolet did what he does best. Yes, he was still shaky on the ball and in the air - but the 26-year-old once again shone with his shot stopping, especially when meeting a late volley from Bojan Krkic with a wonderful fingertip save.

Kolo Toure

Just in case Rodgers wasn't watching when Kolo Toure produced a defensive masterclass for the Reds at the Bernabeu - and it looked like the Northern Irishman wasn't as he, for some reason, chose to drop him thereafter - the Ivorian produced another one on Saturday against Stoke City.

Granted, the 33-year-old wasn't quite up against Cristiano Ronaldo this time but he did his job ably once again and showed just how much of a liability Dejan Lovren is as an alternative. Rodgers' reluctance to select Toure in the wake of his Real Madrid display was as bizarre as managerial decisions come. Surely he won't be making the same mistake again.

Glen Johnson

Interestingly, Glen Johnson's first-half display against Stoke would have vindicated any Liverpool fan who had criticised him in recent weeks - and there may not have been a Liverpool fan who hadn't...

But, after the break, the right-back proved what it is about him that somehow keeps him in the starting line-up at Anfield week in, week out. Before half-time, Johnson was a 3/10 at best. Afterwards, however, he got forward well, constantly beating his man, and showed immense heart and bravery to risk a serious injury by scoring the winning goal with a diving header late on.

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