Tuesday 22 January 2019

Mignolet hails 'old school' win

Simon Mignolet Photo: Getty
Simon Mignolet Photo: Getty

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits Liverpool's "old school" win over Burnley represents significant progress for the team.

However, he accepts they have to show the flexibility to adapt for the remainder of the season and must immediately switch back into top-six mode for forthcoming matches against Manchester City and Everton.

Jurgen Klopp's side registered a win against a team in the bottom half of the Premier League for the first time since beating Middlesbrough in December. All their five league defeats this season have come against so-called 'lesser' teams but whereas in the past the Reds would have foundered having gone a goal behind to the Clarets at Anfield they ground out a 2-1 victory.

"It was a day when it was all about the result rather than the performance," said the Belgium goalkeeper.

"We knew beforehand what everyone was saying about how we didn't manage to get results against the lower teams who play a different style of football compared to the top teams.

"Although we went behind, we fought back by playing old school, English football. We fought for everything.

"The only thing that mattered was the three points. That was our objective and we achieved it with a lot of hard work and by winning a lot of battles out there.

"It's not really hard to do, it's just about making sure your mindset is right and being prepared for it.

"You have to accept that sometimes you need to grind out three points.

"It's a big step forward for us and we have to learn from this.

"We need to use the experience of this game because there will be other games like this before the end of the season."

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