It has been a tough start to the season for Simon Mignolet having lost his place as Liverpool’s number one to summer arrival Loris Karius.
The team’s recent on-field success has made it increasingly difficult for him to reclaim his spot as Jurgen Klopp’s starting goalkeeper, but he has ensured he is always prepared to step in when required.
Last night’s 2-0 EFL Cup quarter final win over Leeds saw Mignolet feature for the first time since October when the Reds beat Spurs in the previous round of the competition.
Speaking the Liverpoolfc.com, the Belgian said: “It’s not always easy when you know you’re not playing, but you train for yourself to make sure you stay fit and be ready.”
“In football, things can change very quickly so you have to stay focused and that’s what I try to do. I try to stay professional and when you have the chance, it’s nice to play and get the victory also.”
Yesterday’s clean sheet will give the 28-year-old a lot of confidence as he looks to reestablish himself and prove himself to Klopp.
His hard work behind the scenes is the sign of a true professional and marks him taking a determined approach and training with the right attitude.
A threat to his place in the team was needed, as is the threat he now poses to Karius. The competition between the two promises to trigger both men to improve which will only help the side moving forward.
Keep it up, Simon.