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Clean sheets, the way to Top 4 finish says Liverpool's Mignolet

Simon Mignolet has called upon Liverpool to up their game in the last five games of the season as the Merseysiders target a Champions League berth.
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Liverpool's Simon Mignolet punches the air after Firmino put the Reds ahead at West Brom.
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Simon Mignolet has called upon Liverpool to step up their game a notch or two in the final five games of the season as the Merseysiders chase a Champions League berth.

Liverpool take third after vital away win

The 29-year-old goalkeeper made a key second-half save from West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips as Liverpool emerged victorious at The Hawthorns on Sunday thanks to Roberto Firmino’s winner.

Roberto Firmino scores against West Brom
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Roberto Firmino scores against West BromWILL OLIVEREFE

It was also Mignolet's first clean sheet in nearly two months, which enabled Jürgen Klopp's men to leapfrog Manchester City and settle into third place in the table.

“The last few performances against these teams like Burnley, Stoke and 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.' Mignolet told Liverpool's website.

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Get in! Simon MignoletMichael SteeleGetty Images

Liverpool must grind out results when necessary, says Mignolet

The Belgian went on to add: “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.'

Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday before seeing the season out with games against Watford, Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough. The team is currently six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, although Mourinho's team have two games in hand.