Mignolet: Why playing for Liverpool again was ‘strange’

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Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he is concerned that his time on the pitch will be cut short now the Reds are out of the Carabao Cup.

According to ESPN, he said to reporters: “First and foremost, it was nice to be on the pitch again tonight. It’s been a few months since I’ve played, so I looked forward to it.

“Because it was that long a time, it was a bit strange to be out there again. But I think I tried to do my job the best I could. I haven’t seen everything back yet but I can’t be too disappointed, the way I played.”

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The Belgian was secure between the sticks on his return to Anfield, but there is no doubt that Alisson is the club’s number one.

Mignolet said: “The only thing I can do is try to be ready for when the gaffer needs me and, for me personally, it’s about making sure I’m fit and then making sure, like today, that the chances I get to be out there, I show the club I’m ready when they need me. I think I did that.

“At the same time, if you go out of the competition, which was a chance for me to play every time, it makes the chances of playing small again – and that’s not what you want.”

Mignolet will be back on the bench at Stamford Bridge, but he feels the squad know what they need to improve on.

“We created a lot of chances for a second and even third goal, but it didn’t happen.

“They came back into the game after the free-kick and then my fellow countryman [Eden Hazard] made a great goal, which is very, very disappointing but we have to learn from it, take it forward and make sure it doesn’t happen again on Saturday.”

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