John Aldridge: Simon Mignolet is Liverpool’s most consistent player
John Aldridge says Simon Mignolet has been a shining light for Liverpool
John Aldridge says Simon Mignolet has been Liverpool’s most consistent player in 2015.
The Reds shot stopper was dropped from the Northern Irishman’s starting line-up after Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage in early December.
However, Mignolet benefitted from Brad Jones’ untimely injury, and the Belgium international reclaimed his place and rediscovered his confidence after helping Liverpool lose one game in their last 16 outings.
The 26-year-old shot stopper has kept five clean sheets in his last nine games in all competitions, and Liverpool legend Aldridge heaped praise on the Reds number one.
“He had some dark days earlier in the season, but Simon Mignolet has been a shining light in the last month,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“In fact, I think he’s been Liverpool’s best, most consistent player since the turn of the year.
“He was excellent against Palace, and deserves huge credit for turning around his season so spectacularly.
“I’ve always been a fan of his, even when he was struggling. And it’s great to see him back to his best.
“In addition, I thought Joe Allen had a very good second half at Selhurst Park. He’s another who has had criticism, but that was the kind of performance Liverpool need from him.”
Only Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has kept more clean sheets than Mignolet and Swansea shot stopper Lukas Fabianski, with a total of nine with 23 games played.
The Belgian shot stopper has conceded just two goals in his last five top-flight games after Liverpool beat Tottenham 3-2 in their most recent Premier League game.