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16th Apr, 2017 | 4:19pm

Carragher: 'Outstanding' 29-year-old was the difference for Liverpool v West Brom

By Matt Bullin

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher heaped praise on Simon Mignolet after he made a crucial save in the Reds’ 1-0 over West Brom this afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side won a hard fought three points at the Hawthorns, with Roberto Firmino scoring the only goal in the match.

Mignolet had a quiet afternoon between the sticks overall, but he made a crucial save to deny Matty Phillips in the 80th minute to preserve Liverpool’s lead.

Speaking on Nissan Super Sunday (3pm), Carragher was full of praise for a player who’s been widely criticised over the past couple of seasons.

He said: “It’s what you want from a top-class goalkeeper. He wasn’t worked too much today but when you’re called upon you make that big save that decides a game.

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“I’ve been critical [of him in the past], but the last couple of games he’s been outstanding – he’s made a big difference to getting Liverpool to where they are.”

Mignolet kept his fifth Premier League clean sheet of the season in the match, in his 23rd appearance.

The 29-year-old Belgian had to be in good form last week too as he made two important saves as the Reds beat Stoke 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium.

Carragher had previously been critical of Mignolet and has even claimed that Klopp should sign Joe Hart as a replacement.

The win stretches Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the league to seven games and Klopp’s side have now taken 17 points from a possible 21.

It also lifts them into third, moving two points above Manchester City, who do have a game in hand.

In other Liverpool news, Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter to Alberto Moreno’s hilarious miss in win v West Brom.

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