English Premiership

Mignolet given time to reflect

2014-12-15 08:30
Simon Mignolet (Supplied)
Simon Mignolet (Supplied)

Cape Town - Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will spend "an indefinite period" of time on the bench as manager Brendan Rodgers attempts to take the Belgium shot-stopper out of the spotlight.

Defeat against Manchester United completed a miserable few days for Liverpool, who were knocked out of the Champions League by Basel last Tuesday and now trail United by 10 points.

Rodgers admitted that his squad had lost some of the team spirit that saw them come within a whisker of pipping Manchester City to the title last season.

"For me, the whole scenario is about looking to build a team again," said the Northern Irishman, who lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the close season and is currently without striker Daniel Sturridge due to injury.

"We had a team that was growing for a couple of years that has changed now, the squad and injuries and whatnot.

"But we're having to recapture the team ethos again and that's something we're looking to build towards."

Rodgers sprang a surprise by dropping goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, whose form has come under scrutiny, and he confirmed that Australian Brad Jones would remain in goal for Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth.

"Simon has been fine. He's a really good professional. I spoke to him the other day and he accepted it," said Rodgers.

"I said to Simon it was for an indefinite period. He has played in a lot of games, Simon, and Brad in my first year came in and did very well.

"It is something that can happen to keepers, taking them out of the firing line and giving them time to reflect."

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