Simon Mignolet – Liverpool fully focused on Blackburn challenge

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Mignolet urges fans not to dwell on the recent defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal…

Simon Mignolet has promised that our mini-run of disappointing results won’t come back to haunt us when we face Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup quarter-final replay later on this evening.

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The Belgian goalkeeper insists that he and his teammates will not be looking backwards or forwards and will instead be fully focused on gaining a positive result, with a win set to take us to Wembley.

Liverpool have lost their last two games – at home to Manchester United and away to Arsenal – while we are also without several key players for tonight’s game, including the suspended trio of Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard and Emre Can, as well as the injured Adam Lallana.

However, Mignolet believes that everything off the pitch will have been put to one side by the time we walk out at Ewood Park, with a cup semi-final against Aston Villa on offer for the winner.

He told our official website: “You don’t look too far over your shoulder – it’s about the next game. I said it a few weeks ago, but as a football player the last game is what’s remembered and the next one is the one you have to focus on.

“That’s how it’ll always be and how it is in football. The only thing we can do is make sure we’re ready come kick-off on Wednesday evening.

“Everybody is really resilient and wants to get back to winning ways. After games, you’re looking straight away at things you want to eradicate to make sure they don’t happen again going into the next game. I’m sure everyone is ready to go and hungry to get through to the next stage of the FA Cup.

“Frustration is never a good thing to keep in mind, but maybe the hunger after the [Arsenal] game can give you something extra going into the game at Ewood Park to try to make sure we eradicate the things we did at Arsenal and put in a good performance against Blackburn.”

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