Cape Town - Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is determined to come back stronger for
his club spell after being benched in recent weeks.
The Belgian was dropped from the Reds’ starting line-up ahead of their clash
against Manchester United earlier this month, and spent the next three matches
watching from the dug-out.
An injury to Brad Jones, however, allowed the 26-year-old to come on and
preserve his side’s cleansheet in their Boxing Day 1-0 victory over Burnley,
and he could very well start against Swansea at Anfield this evening.
According to KickOff.com website, Mignolet revealed his chat with coach
Brendan Rodgers before being dropped was a positive one, and he insists he has
learnt from his spell on the sidelines.
"We spoke together and cleared up a few things and I think that was a
positive discussion,” the former Sunderland keeper said.
"I will not discuss what we spoke about, but it was an honest meeting -
why not? There is always a reason and discussion why, and I am a guy who always
tries to speak and be positive and work hard on my game, and that is what I
have done in this period with the goalie coach (John Achterberg) and Jonesy.
"Sometimes you have to make something positive from a negative thing
like going out of the team, which I've tried to do. It is always difficult at
first but I am a 26-year-old goalkeeper and I know what I have to work on,
things in your game can still improve.”
"You can reflect on your game and look at certain things where maybe,
with the busy period we've had, you wouldn't have had the chance, and that is
what I have done,” he said.
"You learn a lot and you can move on and hopefully we can build on
that. I don't have to prove anything. The only thing I can do is work hard and
do my best and show what I am capable of on the pitch.”