Mignolet comforts under-fire Karius

Simon Mignolet has offered some encouragement to fellow Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after the latter was dropped from the starting XI.

The German keeper has made a number of errors in recent matches, and manager Jurgen Klopp decided to drop him for Wedensday's 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

While the 28-year-old Belgian has obviously profited from his rival's relegation to the bench, he insisted that it is a learning curve for the 23-year-old, who he expects to bounce back stronger.

"We are team-mates, we all have to get through it and push each other," Mignolet said. "The goalkeeper position is not an easy one.

"For Loris, it will not be nice. But he's more than capable and professional enough to deal with it and learn from it. No individual is more important than the club and the only important thing is the club.

"You have to be mentally strong to deal with it. In football things can change very quickly, with an injury or illness.

"You have to stay professional, keep your head down and work hard on and off the pitch. Stay focused, which is not always easy, especially as a keeper."

The Reds are currently second in the Premier League standings, with six points to gain on leaders Chelsea and a Merseyside derby coming up against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday evening.

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