Martin Skrtel has urged his Liverpool team-mates to help Simon Mignolet win the Premier League Golden Glove award.
Mignolet is currently second in the top-flight clean sheet list with a tally of 14 - Fraser Forster is ahead due to having played less games - ahead of the likes of Joe Hart, Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea.
Pressure early on
The Belgian was under severe scrutiny in the early stages of the season after making a number of high-profile mistakes, however, he has certainly reversed that form and become one of the league's most consistent shot-stoppers.
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Liverpool battled to a draw during a difficult fixture against Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, especially as the Blues had scored in every home game this campaign. Mignolet was unable to keep his opponents at bay during that game, but Skrtel is aiming to aid him with regards to scooping the Golden Glove award.
"It's always nice to get a clean sheet, and Simon is at the top of the list. We will try to help him and we hope and believe he can win it," Skrtel told the club's official website, prior to the game against Chelsea.
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At the beginning of campaign, Mignolet was in a dreadful vein of form and many Kopites wanted him to be replaced in the January transfer window.
Errors against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League and Leicester City in the league were just two of many he made during the first half of the season. His ability to control his box and collect the ball from set pieces was a high concern and was labelled 'worse than dracula' by ex-Reds 'keeper Bruce Grobbalar.
However, following a short spell on the sidelines, Mignolet was brought back into Brendan Rodgers' starting XI and has since firmly put his misfortune behind him. He now looks a goalkeeper with much more confidence and is commanding his back-four with significant effect.
Liverpool currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League and have just two games to close a six point deficit and leapfrog United to secure the final Champions League spot. Given the respective goal difference and the fact that if United get one more point they'll be safely across the line, it doesn't look likely at all.
"We have to be honest - we know it is not in our hands," Skrtel said.
"But we have to win our games and wait on United's results. Then we'll see. We are ready and we'll be fighting."
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