Liverpool fans must show support to bring the best out of Simon Mignolet

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The summer of 2013 saw Sunderland's Simon Mignolet complete a £9 million transfer from the Stadium of Light to Liverpool, in the hope of succeeding the departed Pepe Reina.

The Belgian international quickly announced his arrival on Merseyside with a vital penalty save during a 1-0 win over Stoke City on his competitive debut.

That season, Mignolet became an important cog in Liverpool's side amidst their challenge for the Premier League title. A late capitulation, however, meant the Reds were beaten to the English crown by Manchester City.


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Since his remarkable debut campaign, the shot-stopper has failed to replicate such form and subsequently lost the support and faith of Liverpool fans.

This season has seen the Belgium international come under scrutiny for a number of costly mistakes, which have often lost Jurgen Klopp's side points.

Despite his string of poor displays, Mignolet was handed a new five-year contract by his German manager recently, much to fans' disbelief and dissatisfaction.

The fact of the matter, though, is the 27-year-old is a capable 'keeper and one of the Premier League's finest on his day, and it's due to a lack of support that fans are yet to see his best form.

Far too often defensive mistakes are made, not just by Mignolet, and yet the Belgian bears the brunt of criticism. His performances are now often under-appreciated, such as his heroics during Liverpool's 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke on Tuesday night.

Despite Joe Allen netting the crucial penalty, the Reds' number one denied Marc Muniesa with a stunning save from 12 yards to ensure his side had the advantage. A place in the Capital One Cup was secured as a result.

Confidence is everything in football - and the backing of supporters will give Mignolet such belief in his ability. Anfield is renowned for generating an electric atmosphere, so rather than get on the back of their goalkeeper, fans must encourage and motivate.

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Steven Gerrard
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