With just three Premier League games to go for Liverpool, Simon Mignolet is adamant that Liverpool is refusing to get complacent in the face of Champions League qualification.
Liverpool ground out a terrific 1-0 win over Watford on Monday evening to take a massive step towards booking a place in next season’s Champions League.
The win came after Manchester United and Manchester City drew with Swansea City and Middlesbrough respectively before Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by city rivals Tottenham.
With rivals dropping points and Liverpool securing theirs, it meant that the Reds were able to stay in third and edge ahead of Manchester United in the fight for European football.
But, despite a positive weekend, Simon Mignolet is refusing to take anything for granted and admits complacency isn’t even an option at this point.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Mignolet said, “We’re in a good place. I think at the beginning of the season if we’d have said we’d be in this position with three games to go, we’d have been very happy and we would’ve taken it, but it doesn’t mean anything as of yet.
“There are still three games to play, nine points to win, and still a lot of things that can happen, but we’re confident we can do the job.
“We have to keep focused and play the way we’ve been showing this whole season and at the end, we will be happy if we can get into the Champions League.“
The Liverpool squad is training hard and is focused on finishing in the top four or even the top three. By finishing above Manchester City and in third, Liverpool will avoid having to play a game in the summer to make it into the group stages – something many fans dread.
Although Liverpool’s rivals all dropped points last weekend, Mignolet is convinced that it was more important for the Reds to get a result of their own.
“Near the end of the season, you always try to see what the other teams are doing, but at the same time it’s about what you have to do yourself,” he added.
“Of course, we saw the results of Arsenal, Manchester United and City and they went for us, but it actually puts a bit more pressure on your shoulders because you know then if you don’t do your job it doesn’t mean anything.
“But we kept cool heads, we played our game Monday night against Watford and got three points, which was the most important thing.
“It wasn’t important what the other teams had done over the weekend, it was about us getting the performance and result we wanted.“
Liverpool has won their last three games away from home by a single goal against Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and most recently Watford. These away wins, despite a home defeat against a plucky Palace side, speak to a heightened ability to cope with the physicality of the league’s scrappers.
“As a team we’ve been defending really well away from home in these kinds of games where it’s tough,” Mignolet explained.
“They put a lot at you, long balls into the box, a lot of physicality – this week again with Troy Deeney, for example – and we dealt well with it.
“The defence has been solid and we have to keep that going. I think that’s very important and a very stable base and platform to then win games because, like at Watford, we only needed one goal to get all three points.
“I think it will be similar in the next few games until the end of the season because we play similar games and we’ll have to do the same things over and over again.“
Liverpool’s next game is at home against Southampton, just a few hours before Manchester United pays a visit to The Emirates. The Reds have the chance to put some pressure on their two rivals with at least one certain to drop points.