Mignolet - Liverpool No 1?

Jurgen Klopp eyeing up City goalkeeper Joe Hart

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Mignolet's resurgence could see the Liverpool stopper stay at Anfield

Simon Mignolet has faced ups and downs during his time at Liverpool, but the 29-year-old has persevered to prove that he is a safe pair of hands for the Merseyside club.

He was voted Liverpool's Player of the Year in 2015 by former players, with the EPL Index noting it was awarded due to his "strength of character" after bouncing back from immense criticism. After being dropped briefly in the 2014-15 season, he returned to the side as a steady influence between the sticks, nearly losing out to Joe Hart by one clean sheet for the Golden Glove award.

The Belgian joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 for a fee of £9 million. He signed a new five-year contract in January 2016 after achieving a record 15 clean sheets, more than any other Premier League goalkeeper, the year before.

However, there have been fewer clean sheets for the club this season. He helped the Reds record their second in 14 league games against West Brom on Sunday. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised his recent performances, calling him "very important again", according to the Liverpool Echo.

He has faced a battle for selection against Klopp signing Loris Karius this season. ESPN argue that he seems to have "won the battle", after being dropped from league games between September and December - but returning in good form in 2017.

Liverpool legend John Albridge has tipped Mignolet to keep his starting position next season, arguing that you cannot fault his appearances this year.

He said: "He's done enough to start next season as Liverpool's goalkeeper.

"The save [he] made late (vs West Brom) on was brilliant. He did the right things in the box, too. One or two he might have caught but he took no chances, he got his hands on it, and got them away. I think he's probably been our best player in the last two weeks."

As Liverpool chase a Champions League spot, they face Crystal Palace next at Anfield on Sunday, April 23.

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