Mignolet backed by Liverpool manager Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has backed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to make the most of his unexpected return to the first-team over the coming days, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

The Belgian was dropped ‘indefinitely’ by Rodgers earlier in December, with second choice Brad Jones taking his place for the 3-0 defeat away to rivals Manchester United. However, the Australian picked up an injury during the win at Burnley on Boxing Day, meaning that Mignolet made his comeback earlier than anticipated.

He survived some nervy moments, but was able to keep a clean sheet, and ahead of matches against Swansea City and Leicester City over the next week as well as an FA Cup tie at AFC Wimbledon, Mignolet now has the chance to prove his worth to the team and Rodgers has offered his encouragement.

“It’s an opportunity for Simon to come in and prove his worth,’ he said. “He’s a very good goalkeeper and he’ll tell you his time out has helped him reflect a little bit, and now he can come in and hopefully for him stay in the team.

“It has been a difficult season for the team, not just Simon. It’s never easy for a goalkeeper. It’s a very specialised position. He came into the game at Burnley at a tough moment, but Simon is a very resilient character.’

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