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Liverpool boss Rodgers delighted with spotkick hero Mignolet

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed Simon Mignolet after his spotkick save rescued three points against Stoke City.

Mignolet's signing was questioned by many, mainly because it hastened the exit of established first choice Jose Reina who left on loan to Napoli soon after, but he has certainly begun well in his bid to win over the doubters.

"It was a terrific performance all-round but of course the goalkeeper gets the plaudits when he saves a penalty at the end," said Rodgers.

"He made three terrific saves in the game. He made one in the first half from Walters but obviously when you don't take your chances - and we created numerous chances - and you get a penalty against you at the end you have that sinking feeling.

"But he had done his homework, he made a good first save and his second action to get up and make the double save (from substitute Kenwyne Jones) was impressive.

"From that (save) you also saw the spirit in the team and what we are trying to cultivate here."

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