Simon Mignolet says return of Liverpool trio will boost team
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 08/11/17 4:03pm
Simon Mignolet says Liverpool will be boosted by the returns of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho.
Mane made his comeback in the 4-1 win over West Ham after a month out with a hamstring injury, while Lallana is due to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly next week as he steps up preparations for his first game of the season having been absent with a thigh injury.
Coutinho has joined up with Brazil squad, despite an adductor problem forcing him to miss Liverpool's last three matches and could be fit enough to play against England at Wembley on Tuesday.
Mignolet told Liverpool's official website: "I think we've been a bit unfortunate with the injuries and the suspensions.
"If you have three of those kind of players injured at the same time then it's obviously a tough thing to deal with, but at the same time the squad has stayed calm underneath it.
"Hopefully after the international break they will be pushing the rest of the squad forward by adding in the goals and giving us a bigger platform to go from."
Liverpool have recovered well from their 4-1 Premier League defeat to Tottenham in October by winning their last three games in all competitions convincingly, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one.
They are fifth in the Premier League, unbeaten in Europe, and just one win away from qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp will need all hands on deck with Liverpool facing 13 games in 45 days. Having Mane, Coutinho and Lallana back will be a major tonic going into December when they play eight matches in 29 days.
Mignolet added: "If you get players like them coming back and being fresh after not playing much recently, that can give not only a boost to the team, but also a boost to them individually.
"They will be raring to go and very eager to get on the pitch and score the goals they've wanted to because they've been missing out, and I'm sure they will be ready for any battle that comes ahead of them."