Anfield custodian returned to the side on Boxing Day…
Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that he has been helped by being dropped for a few games, reports Goal.com.
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The Belgian was out of the team for three matches before he returned against Burnley when his replacement Brad Jones went off injured. He managed to keep a clean sheet and help his team to three points against the Clarets.
The 26-year-old has claimed that his time out of the team has helped him to develop as a player, and also said that he has nothing to prove about his ability. Pundits and even fellow professionals such as Everton’s Tim Howard had thought that it would be hard for the goalie to resurrect his career after being left out of the side.
“Yes, maybe it has helped me,” Mignolet told reporters. “The future will decide that. The only thing I can do is work hard. I spoke with [Brendan Rodgers], cleared up a few things and I think that was positive.”
He added, “I won’t discuss what we said but it was an honest meeting from both sides. The negative thing was going out of the team but you try to make it a positive and that’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t have to prove anything. The only thing I have to do is work hard in every game and do my best and then we will see what comes through. The only thing I can do is show on the pitch what I’m capable of.”
The Liverpool number one looks set to continue his comeback against Swansea City on New Year’s Day. He will hope to get another clean sheet in order to gain further confidence.