Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Simon Mignolet's shaky performances are not a factor in the team's lack of confidence and has backed the under-fire goalkeeper's mental resilience.
The Belgium international has been criticised for lacking a commanding presence in his penalty area and for his poor distribution, while his mistake for the first Ludogorets goal in the Champions League in midweek only intensified calls for him to be replaced.
Mignolet has kept just two clean sheets in his last...
LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is strong enough to cope with Anfield great Bruce Grobbelaar's stinging criticism, according to boss Brendan Rodgers.
Grobbelaar, who won six league titles and a European Cup during his 13 years with the Reds, this week urged the club to buy another goalkeeper.
He said that Mignolet was not commanding enough, branding him "worse than Dracula" -- a joke referring to Bram Stoker's vampire character being afraid of crosses.
The Belgium international's...
LIVERPOOL -- Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has no fears about being one of the favourites to lose his job.
Most leading UK betting websites have put Rodgers among the top three candidates to be the next Premier League manager sacked, along with Aston Villa's Paul Lambert and QPR's Harry Redknapp.
The Reds manager is under pressure after a poor first three months of the season, with Liverpool 12th in the table and needing a win over Basel on Dec. 9 to stay in the Champions League.
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