Jermaine Jenas heaps praise on Liverpool 29-year-old after West Brom win
By Matt Bullin
Former Newcastle and Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas has lauded the performance of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the Reds’ 1-0 win over West Brom.
Roberto Firmino headed home the only goal of the game late in the first half after latching onto Lucas Leiva’s flick on.
But the Belgian stopper made a great save with his legs to deny a Matty Phillips effort in the 80th minute and preserve his side’s lead.
The save proved crucial as Liverpool earned three points which moved them above Man City and into third.
It is the second time in as many weeks that the 29-year-old has been the Reds’ hero, as previously he made two big saves v Stoke to ensure Liverpool took home all three points.
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Speaking on BBC 1’s Match of the Day 2 [Sunday 10.30pm], Jenas said: “When it really came down to it, when West Brom got through, Mignolet stood tall again.
“For a goalkeeper that got heavily criticised in the earlier part of the season, that’s two games where he’s made huge saves.”
The 19-time Belgium international claimed his fifth clean sheet of the Premier League season in his 23rd game.
The clean sheet was only Liverpool’s eighth this campaign, as Mignolet and German ‘keeper Lorus Karius have battled for the number one spot.
Next up for Liverpool is a home match with Crystal Palace, where the Reds will look to extend their unbeaten run in the league to eight games and continue their top four push.
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