Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s recent form after dropping the Belgian before Christmas.
Mignolet, who joined from Sunderland in the Summer of 2013, was taken out of the side for the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in December in favour of Australian Brad Jones, but the former Middlesbrough man had to come off injured against Burnley on Boxing Day and Mignolet has kept the spot since.
And Rodgers is pleased with the form the stopper has shown since he came back into the side.
“I think Simon’s shown the benefits of having, sometimes, a little bit of time out. I think he looks like a different goalkeeper.” he said.
“It’s difficult because when you’re playing all the time, sometimes you don’t get that chance to reflect on your performance.
“Nowadays, if you take a player out, whether it’s through rest or trying to look after the player and allow him to develop1, he’s always ‘dropped’ and that’s never always the case.
“Simon’s spell out of the team was to take a step back, to analyse performance, to see areas of which he could improve, clear in his mind that he was going to get the opportunity to go again.
“When he’s come back into the team, he’s been very clear and is showing why we brought him here.
“He’s a wonderful shot stopper, starting to be more aggressive now on crosses and probably thinking less and doing what he does naturally, which is be a top class goalkeeper.
“He’s really starting to show the form as to why we brought him here and I’m delighted for him. He works very hard at his game and is a good guy.” he concluded.