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Liverpool's Simon Mignolet thanks Jurgen Klopp for public praise

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet has made 48 saves in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has expressed his gratitude for manager Jurgen Klopp's public backing.

Mignolet's form has come under scrutiny this season with the Belgium international managing eight clean sheets in 25 Premier League appearances.

But the shot-stopper, who joined the Reds from Sunderland in 2013, was rewarded with a new contract in January, tying him to Anfield until 2021.

In January, Klopp said Liverpool were "sure we want to work together with him for the next few years," and added that Mignolet still is "young enough to develop in the things he has to develop."

Mignolet told kicker: "It's a good feeling that the coach is fully behind me. It does me good that he praises me in public. There is enough pressure in our job."

The keeper also urged Klopp to be granted time to develop his methods at Liverpool, who are nine points off the pace to qualify for Champions League but could seal a return to the Europa League next season by beating Manchester City in the League Cup final this weekend.

When asked what Klopp has improved in his five months at Anfield, Mignolet replied: "A lot. He introduced Gegenpressing, we are getting better at playing the counter-attacks. But it needs time.

"Moreover, Klopp is an incredibly positive guy, and that also rubs off on us."

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