Simon Mignolet had one of his best performances to date this Saturday. He’s earned almost universal praise from pundits for two superb saves that helped the Reds win against Stoke. Mignolet himself is more matter-of-fact about the role he played.
“That is why the keeper is there: to make saves in important moments and help your team out,” Mignolet said, following the victory. “This was a good feeling for me but I’m not really one who looks to myself or my own performance. It is about making sure Liverpool get in the Champions League because that is where we belong.
“We want to fight at the top, both in England and Europe. We have to grind out results because we want that Champions League spot.”
“The feeling is even better when you win the game after all that. [Those] two [saves] were important. It doesn’t really happen too often as you don’t score goals as a keeper, but it was something similar.”
Liverpool winning the game after a truly abysmal first half was a welcome relief for players and fans alike. Something must have clicked at the half, because the team that came out to play after it was a welcome change from the shaky side that hung on through the first forty-five minutes.
“The way we played in the second half was brilliant and we will take a lot of confidence from it,” Mignolet said. “The main thing was we had to show how good we are, change the attitude, and fight for every challenge and fight for every ball and that is what we did. We won our battles and fought to the end.
“We are going to face these kind of games until the end of the season with long balls into the box and corners. We have to deal with that.
“Four points out of six in a short space of time is good, but we have to keep it going. We are in a good position, but it is not finished.”