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Mignolet wants further Liverpool improvement after win

Simon Mignolet has won the battle to be Liverpool's No. 1 Credit: PA

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has targeted further improvement as Jurgen Klopp's men closed in on Champions League qualification.

The 29-year-old kept his first clean sheet in almost two months in Sunday's 1-0 win at West Brom which lifted the Reds to third in the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino's first-half header sealed a deserved victory and saw Liverpool move above Manchester City in the race for the top four but Mignolet wants more from the Reds.

Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Saturday before playing Watford, Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough in their final four games and are six points ahead of fifth placed Manchester United, although United have two matches in hand.

Mignolet made a crucial second-half save to deny Matt Phillips to preserve the points at The Hawthorns and told the club website he wants to build on the result.

The last few performances against these teams like Burnley, Stoke and today West Brom, we need to learn from that.

We can only get better for it but I think we proved what we can do away from home again.

To be resilient, and to grind a result out, that's what we did, and I think everybody is pleased with that.

Not only the three points but a clean sheet also, we're very pleased with that.

We know it's a difficult place to go to, West Brom, especially the last 10 minutes, but we dealt well with it and I think we deserved the three points. Now we have to keep going.

The main thing is we kept a clean sheet, so one goal was enough to get the victory. We're on a good way, five games to go, and we want to get as many points as we can.

– Simon Mignolet


Gerrard to take charge of Liverpool youth team

Gerrard joined Liverpool's academy in February to work with several age groups. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by former captain Steven Gerrard's first steps into coaching and the 36-year-old is set to be rewarded by taking charge of a team of his own next season.

The ex-England midfielder joined the club's academy in February with a roving brief involving a number of youth teams.

However, Gerrard has closely aligned himself with the under-18s side and is set to take over a more permanent role with them in the summer as part of a reshuffle promoted by under-21 coach Michael Beale's move to Sao Paulo earlier this year.

There is not a real announcement in this moment, but what I can probably say is 'yes' [Gerrard will take over].

He is doing a real job at the academy at the moment with his presence and everything, being around and giving advice and leading little or bigger sessions and all that stuff.

They all enjoy it a lot. He especially enjoys it a lot. Yes, he will be the coach of a youth team next season, I'm pretty sure.

But we will tell you exactly which team when we want to tell you.

– Klopp press conference


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