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Mignolet applauds Klopp's Liverpool impact

"He has given the lads a lot of confidence," Simon Mignolet told UEFA.com, explaining how coach Jürgen Klopp has brought belief to Liverpool following a 1-0 success at Rubin.

Highlights: Rubin 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool got their UEFA Europa League campaign back on track after posting their first Group B win at the fourth attempt, beating Rubin 1-0 after a run of three draws.

Things are starting to look rosier for the Reds. The arrival of Jürgen Klopp has prompted a mini-revival on the red side of Merseyside, with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet noting that the German's ability to get his message across has been one of the most notable factors.

"He has given the lads a lot of confidence and everyone knows what their job is – he is clear with his message," Mignolet told UEFA.com. "Everyone is organised, everyone knows what they have to do and we don't give anything away."

The 27-year-old had one of his quietest games for the club in Kazan; the Belgian international did not have a save to make all evening, and he praised his team-mates' patience as they broke down a stubborn Rubin defence.

"It can be that you get frustrated and stop playing football, but we kept being patient and kept playing the ball and thankfully Jordon [Ibe] scored a wonder goal on the counterattack," Mignolet said.

If Klopp has grabbed most of the headlines for Liverpool's recent improvement – the Reds having won their last three games in all competitions – Ibe has emerged as a player capable of filling the gap left by Raheem Sterling's departure for Manchester City. Mignolet praised the 19-year-old midfielder's contribution, after he netted his first goal for Liverpool, but was just as happy with the way his side defended to keep Rubin's opportunities to a bare minimum.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet©Getty Images

"I think everyone can be pleased with their individual performances," he said. "There were no errors and, especially away from home, this is really important. I am sure the gaffer will pick a few things out which we can do better going into the next few games."

While confidence is growing under Klopp, the Anfield keeper understands there remains a lot of work to do if the Reds are to challenge both domestically and in Europe. "It's nice to win games, especially away from home, but there is no point flying high and thinking about things we can't do," he said. "We need to keep both feet on the floor, work hard and improve in training."

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