Simon Mignolet pleased with clean sheet against Stoke City

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Simon Mignolet admits he's overjoyed with how Liverpool defended in the 1-0 win against Stoke City on Sunday.

Just three months earlier Mignolet conceded six goals as when the Reds were left shell-shocked at the Britannia on the final day on the 2014/15 season. 

Brendan Rodgers' side were out for revenge against the Potters at the weekend and restricted the home side to minimal amount of chances on goal, with the Belgium international having to save just one shot on target.


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Philippe Coutinho stole the show with a wonder goal from 25 yards out in the 85th minute to wrap the three points up for the visitors.

However, the Merseyside outfit's defence were resilient throughout the 90 minutes to keep about a persistent Stoke attack and help Liverpool go back to Anfield with all three points.

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And Mignolet feels that Liverpool performed very well to keep Mark Hughes' men at bay.

"We had to dig deep," he told the Liverpool Echo. "Everyone worked hard and we know that in tight games we have players who can make the difference.

"You know that whenever you go away in the Premier League, it’s going to be tough, especially at Stoke.

"The clean sheet was very satisfying. If we can defend well then we know we have the attacking quality going forward to score goals.

"We didn’t give much away and defended really well. Unlike the game here three months ago, we restricted them to very few chances and coped well with the pressure.

"We knew before the game what we would be facing. You have to be ready for that physical challenge and we showed we could handle it.

"Everyone made a contribution, starting with Christian Benteke, who was up front winning the second balls and battling to the very end.

"It was a very different dressing room afterwards compared to our last visit here. Nobody wanted to go back to that day. Everyone is very pleased this time."

Defensive Performance

Dejan Lovren moved to Anfield for £20 million last summer from Southampton but his maiden campaign at Liverpool was far from inspiring.

He struggled to display the same form he showed at St. Mary's and made six defensive errors by December 15.

Lovren has been given a second chance by Rodgers this term and the Croatia international certainly repaid his manager thus far. He was solid in the heart of defence against Stoke, winning headers and tackles from the first until the final whistle. It was a performance that Kopites have been waiting to see from the 26-year-old with him coming out on top of the task put in front of him.

Martin Skrtel too performed well alongside Lovren; however, he still has areas he has to improve. Skrtel receieved a yellow card for an unnecessary foul of Mame Diouf in the first-half. The incident took place 35 yards from goal where there was no real danger but it allowed Charlie Adam to whip a dangerous free-kick into the box.

Keeping goals out is an area that Liverpool particularly need to improve this term. Over the past two season's they've conceded 98 Premier League goals and, if they are to challenge for a place in the top four this season, must shrink that total.

Joe Gomez was granted the task of marking the physical and experienced Jonathan Walters and the youngster took to the task very well. There were a couple of occasions where Walters got the better on Gomez but on the whole it would have been a great experience.

Nathaniel Clyne's addition was very welcomed and he showed why he's been one of the best right-backs in the top division in the past two season's and was rock solid throughout.

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