23rd May 2017
A run of three successive clean sheets made Simon Mignolet feel superstitious ahead of Sunday’s season finale against Middlesbrough.
The Liverpool goalkeeper’s gloves were match-worn to the degree that he was ready to swap them for a new pair – but, with recent games in mind, decided otherwise and promptly recorded another shutout as a top-four finish was secured with a 3-0 win.
Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com: “Before the game I was thinking of changing my gloves because they have run out a bit, but I said ‘No, I can’t do that.’
“And luckily it paid off. Now we can celebrate finishing in the top four.
“I’m pleased with how I have performed individually and together with the team. Keeping those clean sheets was very important in the last few weeks, to give us that platform and basis to win games.
“We have learned a lot, especially because the clean sheets came against teams who we struggled against a bit at the beginning of the season. We learned how to deal with that.”
The Belgian stopper was part of the previous Reds team to play at Champions League level, in 2014, when a group-stage exit could not be avoided under Brendan Rodgers.