Simon Mignolet desperate to reclaim Liverpool starting role after Burnley cameo

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Simon Mignolet reveals that he was fully prepared for the Burnley game, and was pleased to get his chance…

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has told reporters that he did not change anything about his preparation ahead of the Burnley game, and has continued to prepare himself fully since being dropped from the team.

Reports in the Daily Mirror confirm that the Belgian was axed ‘indefinitely’ by boss Brendan Rodgers after a string of poor performances, but made his comeback in the 1-0 victory at Burnley, replacing Brad Jones in the first half.

While the 26-year-old still looked vulnerable in the Reds’ Boxing Day win, he will get another chance to impress against Swansea City tomorrow, when he again stands in for the injured Jones.

Speaking after the Burnley game, Mignolet revealed his ambitions of reclaiming his spot long-term: “I just take every game as it comes,” he said.

“I work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always done – nothing changes. Sometimes things get tough but you still have to step up and I am a positive guy and will try to go again.

“You always have to be ready when you are on the bench. When you are second-choice goalkeeper, anything can happen in the warm-up, so I prepared myself as normal.

“I was still warm from the warm-up so that helped a bit. I tried to stay relaxed. I’m not a guy who gets flustered easily, so I tried to focus on my own game.

“Me and Brad get on really well. It is unfortunate for him to pick up an injury, but he will be back soon. We focus on ourselves and do our best every day in training to get better.

“When you get the chance you hope you do well and we got three points, so I am pleased with that because it is a difficult ground to go to and it was a difficult battle.”

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