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Liverpool's Simon Mignolet relishing a busy January; comments on squad depth

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet warms up before the match

Liverpool are set for a hectic schedule in January after reaching the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has told the club's official website he is relishing the prospect of a busy January for the Reds after they progressed to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup at the expense of Leeds United. 

Goals from Divock Origi and substitute Ben Woodburn - which saw him become the club's youngest ever goalscorer in the process - were enough for Jürgen Klopp's side to progress to the last four. 

It's the third consecutive season that Liverpool have reached the semi-finals of the competition which means a two more fixtures in January in what is likely to be the Reds busiest period of the season.

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet warms up before the matchLiverpool's Simon Mignolet warms up before the match

Mignolet told liverpoolfc.com: “I’m pleased with how we performed and I think we deserved to go to the semis. We’ve got a busy January coming up, but we love that.

“Everybody in training is pushing. It’s not a lie, it’s not a cliché, we’re working hard to make sure we’re ready when there is an injury or a suspension.

“Along this period in the winter we’ll need the whole squad and everybody’s shown again that they can step in when needed, and that’s very important for the whole club to know.”

At the moment it could be a pretty testing time for Liverpool on the injury front as they have Philippe Coutinho sidelined while there are question marks over the fitness of Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge - but things should become a little clearer during the course of the week with regards to their fitness. Liverpool also have another forward option in Danny Ings sidelined for the remainder of the season after he suffered another knee injury in the previous round against Tottenham. 

Liverpool's Simon MignoletLiverpool's Simon Mignolet

But the win over Leeds gave several fringe players an opportunity to demonstrate they can have a role to play should they be called upon. 

Mignolet will no doubt be pleased because progression in the cups means there will be more opportunities for him to push Loris Karius for the number one spot in goal. 

The festive period is going to be a tricky one for all sides, and Liverpool will hope to keep up their recent good form to ensure they sustain their title challenge into the New Year, while returning to Wembley for a League Cup final is a potential prize that they will want to win after getting to the latter stages in the past two seasons. 

January is likely to be a pivotal month in the Reds' quest for silverware as they face two huge league games against Manchester United and Chelsea in that month, as well as games against Sunderland and Swansea, while their involvement in the FA Cup also gets underway. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after the gameLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after the game

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