This is an interesting read, Reds – and at least indicates that Jurgen Klopp and the coaching staff are aware of Simon Mignolet’s faults.
The Belgian has come under intense criticism this season, and despite the fact many supporters want the 28-year-old replaced, Klopp has stated time and time again that he rates Mignolet – and the keeper’s recently signed a five year contract as well.
However, the stopper has admitted he needs to be feistier, angrier and more aggressive on the pitch, and has even been having mock scraps with goalkeeping coach John Achterberg in training to toughen him up.
“It’s something we’ve talked about me working on,” Mignolet told the Echo.
“I’m getting older and I need to become a leading and commanding figure.
“Being a bit more aggressive and nasty is something he’s asked for throughout the team.
“That’s not something you really work on during time on the training field but you have to try to off the pitch.
“I’ve started fighting with John Achterberg in training!” he continued.
“It is something that you have to create and then in the heat of the moment you have to let it out.
“The only thing you have to change is your character. You have to get in a frame of mind before the game.
“We’ve spoken about Steve Peters before and that can help. I don’t really need to see him any more as he’s given me the instructions.
“You have to visualise your own performance – the good things.
“If you want to be in a frame of mind to be more aggressive, you have to think about the challenge you face. You think about commanding your box and giving instructions to the defence.”
Mignolet went on to analyse his performance against Leicester, but added that he needs to be more of a pain in the ear of the refs!
The keeper made two unbelievable saves to keep us in the game, but ultimately, we lost 2-0 and it was all in vain – with suggestions he could have done better for Jamie Vardy’s wonder-goal.
“At half-time I was hoping those two saves would be important at the end but unfortunately we lost so no-one talks about them. You have to accept that,” Mignolet carried on.
“I came out to punch that throw. With Leicester’s height the gaffer wanted me to help out as much as possible.
“I think (Robert) Huth never even looked at the ball. He just looked at me. John Achterberg mentioned that I have to be on the referee’s case more.
“The only thing I can do better is be even more aggressive and be a bit more nasty as well.”
So there it is – Mignolet knows he needs to provide a more commanding presence in the box – and he’s right.
Time will tell if the Belgian can eventually transform his Liverpool career and improve and mature into a stopper worthy of a spot between the Anfield sticks.