It speaks volumes for Simon Mignolet’s current form that speculation linking Liverpool with a move to sign a goalkeeper has become less regular over recent months. Indeed, the Belgian shot stopper has been one of Jurgen Klopp’s most-consistent players. Mignolet made two match-winning saves to deny Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium earlier this month. The 29-year-old was at his best to deny Matt Phillips in the second half at West Brom. Perhaps Mignolet has a long-term Liverpool future after all…
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Another player in good form is Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian forward has been in the shadow of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane at various points throughout the 2016-17 season.
Now Firmino is coming into his own when it really matters. Firmino scored a stunning winner at Stoke City and scored in successive games with a close-range header at the The Hawthorns at the weekend. While Firmino isn’t known for his heading, the former Hoffenheim striker was clinical in front of goal after Lucas Leiva’s cross was perfectly weighted for his compatriot.
Momentum starting to build…
Liverpool cemented their place in the top four with a 1-0 win at West Brom and Klopp’s side are now favourites to finish in the Champions League qualifying spots. However, there is still some work to do with both Arsenal and Manchester United securing morale-boosting victories at the weekend – too. Manchester City are two points behind Liverpool and have played one game less than Klopp’s side. Of more concern is Manchester United who are six points behind the Reds but have superior goal difference (+36 to +30). Arsenal have left themselves too much to do in the top-four race and it now looks like a shootout between Liverpool and Manchester United for fourth spot. Ominously for Klopp’s side, a clash against former striker Christian Benteke and Crystal Palace is up next.