Liverpool face Swansea in a tough game tonight and the Reds would be hopeful of picking up three points at home in order to not let the top 4 challenge get too out of hand.
One of Liverpool’s major problems this season has been the goalkeeping situation. Simon Mingolet has been in woeful form and was subsequently dropped. Backup goalkeeper Brad Jones himself didn’t have too many great games, but Rodgers had decided to persist with him so that his number 1 goalkeeper gets some time out to ‘reflect things’ and come back stronger. That plan was brought to an unexpected halt as midway through the game against Burnley, Jones limped out of the game with a thigh strain. Mignolet came off the bench and while he may have earned a clean-sheet, it was a far from convincing return for the Belgian. The former Sunderland keeper would be hoping to have a stronger Anfield return as Swansea are in great form and Bony and Sigurdsson could really trouble Liverpool’s defence.
Ahead of that game Mignolet revealed he had a frank talk with Rodgers when he was dropped.
He said, “It is always difficult to accept losing your place at first, but then you have time to reflect on it. He told me the day before the United game and then you focus on the team and making sure everybody is ready for the match. We spoke together in the days after that game, cleared up a few things and I think that was a positive discussion.
“I will not discuss what we said, but it was an honest meeting from both sides. That is always a positive thing. The negative thing was going out of the team but you try and make it a positive and that is what I am trying to do.
“Sometimes like the manager said you can reflect on certain things when you are out of the team because during the busy periods we have had you maybe don’t get a chance to look at things when you are playing all the time.
“I am not going to put that out there. That has to stay indoors. I know what I have to work on and if you are a 26-year-old goalkeeper everything in your game can still be improved. I will be working hard every day and looking forward to the next game.”
“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 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.”