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Brendan Rodgers Singles Out Emre Can & Simon Mignolet for Praise After Liverpool Win at Aston Villa

Anfield side secure fourth win in five Premier League fixtures.

Brendan Rodgers was effervescent in his praise for Emre Can and Simon Mignolet following Liverpool’s comfortable 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

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The Anfield boss is of the belief that his side have turned a corner in recent weeks according to comments reported by Goal.com.

The victory over toothless Villa was Liverpool’s fourth in five Premier League fixtures and perhaps most importantly meant a second clean sheet in a row.

Rodgers feels that his side are in a period of transition and has challenged his side to continue this good run of form, stating;

“You’re always looking to improve, for us the challenge is with young players, you see the youthfulness of the team today. We’re building towards the future here.

“We had a bump in the road in the early part of the season now but we’re improving, solid at the back and playing some good football now, but we have to keep improving.”

Rodgers was particularly enamoured by the display put in by young German Emre Can.

“The most important thing for me is the style. In my time here we’ve played a lot of different systems. The players that we bring in are footballers, if you look at Emre Can today…what a player he is. That’s a midfielder playing in defence.”

Intelligently Rodgers also singled out under-fire keeper Mignolet.

“He was outstanding today, he made two or three good saves but what was really pleasing was how dominant he was.

“He looked really calm and composed, wasn’t flustered and when called upon he made two very good saves, one outstanding save. I was very pleased for him, he’s had a little bit of stick but he was excellent today.”

The Belgian international had, as Rodgers points out, come in for some criticism at points this season and was dropped from Liverpool’s starting eleven at one juncture and a clean sheet and a solid display will help to restore his battered confidence.

The win puts the Merseyside outfit up to seventh, just four points off the top four.

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