As a team, Liverpool have had their share of inconsistency in the second half of the 2016-17 season. One player who has seemed immune to such fluctuations in fortune, though, has been Simon Mignolet, who has gone from seemingly surplus to one of the club's most consistent performers.
This week, the club and fans owe three points to the once-embattled goalkeeper, as without him it's likely the best the Reds could have hoped for from their match against West Bromwich Albion would have been a single point. That had his manager praising him following the 1-0 victory.
"He made some important saves," said the Liverpool manager, who in particular seemed to have been impressed by a stop on Matt Phillips with ten minutes to go in the game. "He was really present for the set-pieces, and I think had three, four, five fists away, which was really good.
"I have to say, he was really lively, really front-footed. All that stuff. He was very important for us again. I really thought the boys were in a really difficult game in not the easiest situation. Maybe you can always do better, but we learned and I liked that we looked better in the second half."
Now, Liverpool get a full week off to plan and prepare to host Crystal Palace, who will not be able to play the on loan Mamadou Sakho against his parent club. It will be a blow for them given Sakho has been their best player since arriving, and Jürgen Klopp is hoping for a nice result.
"We are happy," he added. "They were three points today. We had 63 before we came here, now 66, and it's a wonderful number for the next seven days then we want to have 69. In the first half it looked a little bit static but in the second it looked much better. I'm happy about the performance."