‘Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet is a big talent and real presence’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hails Siimon Mignolet as a "big talent" and "real presence"

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Simon Mignolet joined Liverpool this summer Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers has hailed Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as a “big talent” and “real presence” after the Belgian’s second successive clean sheet.

The 25-year-old was rarely tested by Aston Villa on Saturday as Liverpool secured a 1-0 victory at Villa Park, although Mignolet was alert to produce an instinctive save to deny Christian Benteke in the final 10 minutes.

The Belgium international, who was signed in a £9m deal from Sunderland this summer, won over the Anfield faithful with a late penalty save to help the Reds beat Stoke City 1-0 in their Premier League opener last week.

And Liverpool manager Rodgers is impressed with the goalkeeper’s performances.

“Simon’s very concentrated on being a top, top ‘keeper – he’s very hungry,” said Rodgers.

“Because of the game we want to play, a lot of the time we’ll have the ball so they [Liverpool’s goalkeepers] won’t have too much to do – but when they’re asked upon, you want your goalkeeper to be concentrated and able to make the saves. That’s what he has done.

“He’s a big talent and a real presence in the goal. He works every day and is always analysing his game and everything about his performance with video analysis. He wants to be better.

“In order for us to improve as a club, that’s the type of hunger we need here. He’s been fantastic.”

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