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Simon Mignolet beats Leeds striker with composed drop of the shoulder

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At the moment, Simon Mignolet has to make do with EFL Cup action at Liverpool.

The Belgian has found himself behind Loris Karius in the goalkeeping pecking order at Anfield, with the young German being selected for Premier League matches.

But Mignolet has sent a strong message to Jurgen Klopp in the early stages of their quarter-final clash against Leeds United.

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In the opening few minutes, he had to make a great save after Hadi Sacko was put clean through on goal.

But just seconds later, Liverpool fans were raving about Mignolet's footwork, rather than his goalkeeping ability.

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The ball was played back to the ‘keeper, who was under pressure from Souleymane Doukara. But the former Sunderland man didn’t panic and simply dropped his shoulder, sending the forward flying with a sliding tackle.

It was coolness personified by a goalkeeper that hasn’t played since the previous round against Tottenham.

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And Liverpool fans obviously enjoyed it. Check out their reaction on Twitter:

Klopp is still looking for his first trophy as Liverpool manager but made eight changes ahead of the clash with the Championship side.

Sadio Mane, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum were the only three players that kept their place from the weekend's victory over Sunderland as the German boss clearly has one eye on their league trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

And, despite Karius keeping two clean sheets in his previous two fixtures, Mignolet must feel he can re-establish himself as the club’s number one if he can continue to impress when given the opportunity.

Ahead of the fixture with Leeds, Mignolet admitted he was looking forward to being back out on the pitch for Liverpool.

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“You train every day to show the manager you are ready to play,” Mignolet told the club’s official website.

“If you get the chance, you want to show what you can do on the pitch.

“I’m really excited for this game. Hopefully we can go through to the next round. That’s the most important thing; my individual performance always comes second."

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