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