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Monday 16 October 2017

Mignolet: 'Reds have fighting spirit for top four'

Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool are showing the fighting spirit necessary to qualify for the Champions League as they head into Sunday's seismic showdown with Manchester United at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers' in-form Reds survived a first-half fright at Swansea on Monday night before emerging 1-0 winners to cut the gap on fourth-placed United to two points.

Mignolet had to produce fine stops to deny Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson in a first half Swansea dominated but Jordan Henderson's fortunate winner gave Liverpool their fifth successive Premier League victory.

"We showed the character and resilience during the game that you need if you're going to be successful," Mignolet said.

"This was our sixth successive clean sheet away from home and we have to keep that going until the end of the season.

"You keep those clean sheets as a whole team. Everyone is playing together, doing their job and willing to fight for each other."

DROPPED

Liverpool have not lost in the league since a 3-0 defeat at United on December 14 when the stuttering Mignolet was dropped and replaced by Brad Jones.

But Mignolet soon reclaimed his place and both he and Liverpool have gone from strength to strength ever since, the Merseysiders now unbeaten in 13 league games and Rodgers insisting they can catch second-placed Manchester City who are currently four points better off than his men.

United's visit on Sunday might go a long way to determining if that ambition is feasible but Mignolet insists Liverpool have to focus solely on themselves and not their rivals for a top-four spot.

"This win sets up the next game and that's a big game of course," Mignolet said.

"But we don't have to make too much of it, there's three points there and we have to try to do our best to get the win at home. We just have to look at our own performances, there's no point in looking at the other teams, and keep doing what we've been doing in the last few months.

"We've still got all the big teams to play but the important thing is we don't look too forward ahead of ourselves.Everybody's doing their job, is organised and that makes life easy for a goalkeeper."

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