Pundit: This Liverpool player is Jurgen Klopp’s most valuable asset

Garth Crooks names Jurgen Klopp's most-important Liverpool player...

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet Photo: The Sport Review

Garth Crooks has hailed Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s most-important asset in the top-four race.

The Liverpool goalkeeper has struggled with form since Jurgen Klopp took over the reins at Anfield back in October 2015.

Klopp signed Loris Karius to replace Mignolet as Liverpool’s number one last summer but the German struggled to impress.

The Belgium international was restored to the Liverpool starting line-up in December and the shot stopper hasn’t looked back.

Indeed, Mignolet made two match-winning saves in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium earlier this month.

And the Liverpool first-choice goalkeeper produced another important performance in Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.

Mignolet denied West Brom midfielder Matty Phillips in the second half after Roberto Firmino’s opening goal at The Hawthorns.

Writing in his BBC Sport column about Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet, former Tottenham forward Crooks said:

“The Belgium international made a save that won the match against West Brom and prompted manager Jurgen Klopp to hug his players in sheer relief at a result that got him out of jail.

“To be perfectly honest, Liverpool should have won this game comfortably. They dominated most elements of the match and should have scored at least one more, especially when Ben Foster became obsessed with joining the Albion attack in the final minutes as if he was going to somehow provide the equaliser.

“Nevertheless it has been Mignolet who has proved to be Klopp’s most valuable asset in the past couple of games.”

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Liverpool have won their last two Premier League games on the road thanks to victories over Stoke City and West Brom.

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