Jermaine Jenas: This Liverpool star made the difference against Stoke (not Coutinho or Firmino)
By Matt Bullin
Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas paid tribute to Simon Mignolet’s performance after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday.
Mignolet made two top-class saves at the Britannia as his side came from a goal behind to claim all three points.
Brazillian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both scored for the Reds after being substituted on at half time.
But Mignolet’s first big save came in the first half as he produced a point-blank stop to deny former Liverpool man Charlie Adam.
The other came in the second half when he made an improbable save from Saido Berahino.
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Speaking on BBC 1’s Match of the Day (Saturday 10.30pm) Jenas said of Mignolet’s performance: “He was absolutely phenomenal today.
“He was the difference [between the sides] even after those changes were made. He was brilliant.”
It was the Belgian goalkeepers 25th league and cup appearance for the Reds this term, and his 22nd in the Premier League.
Despite this recent praise Mignolet has been under a lot of pressure this season following the summer arrival of Loris Karius – and he has only kept four clean sheets in the league.
Liverpool’s win means they stay in third place, two points clear of Manchester City in fourth, although Pep Guardiola’s side do have a game in hand.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom where they will continue in their quest for a top-four finish.
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