Brendan Rodgers: Simon Mignolet must build relationship with Liverpool defence
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to be a bit more aggressive
Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to continue “working on his relationship” with his defence.
The Belgium international has come under criticism in recent weeks after conceding six goals in five games in all competitions this season.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes as the Spanish goalkeeper nears a return from knee injury.
But Reds manager Rodgers issue his backing for Liverpool’s first-choice shot stopper, urging the 26-year-old to become a bit more aggressive.
“He’s our No1 keeper, he’s got plenty of experience,” Rodgers is quoted as saying.
“He just needs to continue working on that relationship with the back four and deal with that.
“I think the key thing, and the message to all the players in that situation, is to make sure you are on the front foot. Be aggressive, don’t wait for it [the ball in the area]. He’s a bit of a laid-back type of person in his personality, but I think he’s aggressive [as a goalkeeper].”
Mignolet has made 42 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since joining the Anfield outfit in a £9m deal from Sunderland in 2013.