Simon Mignolet was dropped for Brad Jones during last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United due to dip in form but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the 26-year-old Belgian is a “top goalkeeper” and remains his numero uno.

Contrary to rumours Mignolet could be facing the Anfield exit come January or next summer after Rodgers said the goalkeeper has been dropped “indefinitely” from his starting line-up prior to the Premier League game at Old Trafford.

Rodgers has now backed his first choice ‘keeper claiming he had not lost faith in him and believes he will return a better player from his spell out of the side.

“Simon has been very impressive in how he has responded. I haven’t lost any belief in him. He is still a top goalkeeper.

“Sometimes that little period out can help. Brad is in the team at the moment. The one thing that impresses me is he is consistent all the way through. You need your No 2 to be loyal. He comes in and does his work religiously.

“He is a wonderful professional so when he comes in he does his work really well.”

In the mean time, Jones has taken over between the posts and Liverpool might be in the market to add a goalkeeper in January if the right option became available. They have been linked with Petr Cech once more but Rodgers would not comment on his plans for the impending transfer window.

“In terms of Brad, he has come into the team. When called upon during my time here, he has done very well,” Rodgers added.

“He is a very loyal goalkeeper. When he is asked to come in he does very well. Simon’s response has been fantastic. His training has been really good. That time coming out of the team can do you good. We have been looking at the areas that he can improve.”


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