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Mignolet is ignoring critics

Simon Mignolet believes he is becoming a better goalkeeper at Liverpool and is paying little attention to criticism.

Having put himself under the Anfield microscope by completing a switch from Sunderland last summer, the Belgium international is aware of the expectation being placed on his shoulders.

He has endured a few testing moments, with high-profile errors made in important contests against Chelsea, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Mignolet has, however, helped Liverpool to position themselves inside the Premier League's top four and feels working with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez on a daily basis will only help to make him a more complete shot-stopper.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I had a difficult month but you are going to get them as a football player.

"You are never going to get everything go your way and you have to accept that.

"I didn't change anything. I just tried to stay focused and do the things I'm asked to do. As a keeper I just try to help the team out whenever I can.

"It's nice to work with Luis and Daniel day in, day out as it makes you better as a keeper.

"We all know what they can do and it's unbelievable. I see that quality every day. When you are one-against-one with strikers of that quality, you learn a lot of things."

A mistake from Kolo Toure saw Liverpool drop two points in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but Mignolet claims it is still too early to be reading anything into individual results - despite there being just a two-point gap separating the Reds from Merseyside rivals Everton in fifth.

He added: "There's still too long to go in the season for us to be looking at our rivals.

"We have to look at ourselves and make sure we do the things we want to do. We'll take the positives and negatives from West Brom and look forward to the next game.

"Unfortunately we didn't manage to get the three points, but we're still in fourth position.

"We have to look forward and now we have a massive game at home (to Arsenal) next weekend. We have a whole week to prepare and ensure we are ready."