Liverpool shot-stopper reveals unlikely source of return to form

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has attributed his return to form between the sticks for the Reds to his fiancee, who the Belgian says helped him to stop overthinking and play his natural game.

The 26 year-old shot stopper endured a torrid start to the season for the Anfield outfit, making a series of costly errors and getting dropped from the starting eleven as a consequence, however since he returned to the first-team fold on Boxing Day against Burnley due to an injury to goalkeeping deputy Brad Jones his performances have improved dramatically.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mignolet said: “It was Boxing Day, my family were over here, and my missus and everyone were having dinner when she said: ‘Simon, are you sometimes over-thinking stuff?’

“That was the trigger in my mind that we had to say ‘Look, we have to sort this out’. Jasmien comes to every single game and follows it. We’ve been together since before I was a footballer and she knows me better than anyone, my character, that’s why she said it.”

Simon Mignolet will remain in the Liverpool goal on Saturday evening as the Reds face Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Ever-present in Brendan Rodgers’s side last season, the Belgian has so far made 23 league appearances in the current campaign. Mignolet has also appeared 14 times for the Belgian national side, but currently finds himself as the country’s number two, behind Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.

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