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Liverpool "in a Good Place" Heading into Final Three Games

Simon Mignolet says the Reds are right where they wanted to be at the start of the season.

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Liverpool know that if they win their final three games they will almost certainly finish in third and a place in the group stages of next season's Champions League. They know that at least seven points from a possible nine would almost certainly earn them fourth and a playoff round Champions League entry.

They know that a strong finish means the top four and a chance to build towards a future where the club is once again a fixture on Tuesday and Wednesday in Europe. For goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, it's where he and his teammates set out to be at this stage of the season. Now they just have to seal the deal.

"We're in a good place," he told the club's official website during a break in preparations for their next match. "I think at the beginning of the season if we'd have said we'd be in this position with three games to go we'd have been very happy and we would've taken it, but it doesn't mean anything as of yet.

"There are still three games to play, nine points to win, and still a lot of things that can happen but we're confident we can do the job. We have to keep focused and play the way we've been showing this whole season and at the end we will be happy if we can get into the Champions League."

Liverpool currently hold a three point advantage over Manchester City in fourth, though City have a game in hand. Liverpool, though, have a narrow edge in the likely tiebreakers of goal differential and goals scored, and know that even if both sides win out they would likely edge City on goal differential or goals scored.

Manchester United meanwhile are four points back with a game in hand and can't catch Liverpool if both sides win out. Even if Liverpool stumble, though, United's schedule looks tough, with Arsenal, Tottenham, Southampton, and Crystal Palace still to come along with their Europa League commitments.

Liverpool have the edge. Now they just need to grind out a few more results of their own to ensure a return to the Champions League, and Mignolet says they're ready to do just that after working to develop a tougher, more defensive-minded approach in recent weeks.

"As a team we've been defending really well away from home in these kinds of games where it's tough," he added. "The defence has been solid and we have to keep that going. I think that's very important and a very stable base and platform to then win games [so] we only need one goal to get all three points.

"I think it will be similar in the next few games until the end of the season because we play similar games and we'll have to do the same things over and over again."

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