Sturridge on his Everton goal, Rodgers, Mignolet and Flanagan
With regards to Mignolet’s man of the match performance against Everton, Sturridge said, “Simon is a top class goalkeeper.
“At the start of the season everyone saw what he was all about with that penalty save against Stoke City.
“He set himself a standard. It’s difficult as a keeper to be unbelievable in every game. But Simon is an unbelievable guy on and off the field and we’re so happy to have him here.”
It may be too early to say Mignolet is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League but he is certainly up there. I take my hat off to Brendan Rodgers for making the move to bring the former Sunderland keeper to Anfield so that he can replace Pepe Reina. Mignolet has come in and proved his worth from day one. He may not be the best when it comes to dealing with crosses and distributing the ball but it is something he will be able to learn with time considering he is still only 25-years old. Where he lacks in crosses and distribution, he more than makes up for it with his shot stopping ability. If it were not for Mignolet’s saves on Saturday, we may have been on the receiving end of a bad result.
Jon Flanagan was thrown into the deep end on Saturday as he was asked to play at left back for the injured Jose Enrique. I will admit, I was worried when I saw Flanagan start at left back but the young defender put in a brilliant display which also impressed Sturridge.
Sturridge said, “I thought Jon Flanagan was man of the match against Everton and everyone was so happy for him.
“He works tirelessly every day in training. He’s a top class lad off the field. I love the guy. He’s been patient waiting for his opportunity and he has taken his chance.
“There is so much talent running through this team. It’s not about individuals, it’s about Liverpool Football Club and it’s great to be part of it.”
It is a tough call to decide between Mignolet and Flanagan as the man of the match for this one, both were outstanding. But hats off to Flanagan for handling his own like he did on Saturday. With Enrique set to be out of action for 10 weeks, Flanagan has a big opportunity to claim the left back spot as his own.
Aly Cissokho has failed to impress since he arrived on loan from Valencia which means that Flanagan is more than likely to be given an extended run in the side starting with the Hull game this weekend.