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Mignolet has been dropped indefinitely, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

  • Liverpool’s Brad Jones, who had replaced Belgium keeper Simon Mignolet as the team’s No. 1 goalkeeper, will retain his place in the upcoming matches including Liverpool’s Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth, confirms Brendan Rodgers.
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Modified 15 Dec 2014, 12:50 IST
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Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool talks with Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones during a training session

Despite conceding three goals against Manchester United, Liverpool’s Brad Jones, who had replaced Belgium keeper Simon Mignolet as the team’s No. 1 goalkeeper, will retain his place in the upcoming matches including Liverpool’s Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth.

This was confirmed by manager Brendan Rodgers who insisted that Mignolet has been dropped indefinitely because of his poor form recently.

"I felt I had to change it because we have to find solutions throughout the squad to be better," said Rodgers. "I said to Simon that it's for an indefinite period."

"Simon's been fine, he's a really good professional. I spoke to him the other day and he accepted it and understood it. It can sometimes happen to a keeper where you come out of the firing line and it can help you and allow you time to reflect.”

“We give the chance to every player. We had kept a few clean sheets but I felt it was something we needed to do."

Mignolet was signed as a permanent replacement for outgoing keeper Pepe Reina last year but has been finding it hard to keep a clean sheet in addition to errors that have cost Liverpool wins against Leicester City and Ludogorets.

Jones is a capable keeper

“He didn’t have much to do other than take the ball out of the net,” Rodgers said when asked about how he felt about Brad’s performance against Manchester United.

Australian keeper Brad saw three goals go past him during their Premier League loss against Manchester United, but Rodgers believes that his performance against United does not reflect his true abilities.

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"Brad's a very capable keeper so he was always going to play in the Bournemouth game anyway. He has played in a lot of games and Brad in my first year came in and did very well.”

Published 15 Dec 2014, 11:18 IST
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