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Everton's Tim Howard: Simon Mignolet faces hard road back

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has warned Liverpool counterpart Simon Mignolet it will be a "hard road back" after the latter lost his place in the team.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said the Belgium international was set for an indefinite period on the sidelines after leaving him out against Manchester United on Sunday.

Growing criticism of Mignolet's inability to command his area and poor distribution - which some blamed for Liverpool's jittery defence- eventually took its toll and he has been replaced by Brad Jones.

Howard, no stranger to criticism himself, has some sympathy with his fellow keeper but has warned it may be difficult to come back from the blow.

"I know he is a Red but I feel for Simon. It is hard being a goalkeeper," said the American, speaking at the launch of his autobiography 'The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them'.

"The phrase is taking the goalkeeper out of the spotlight but actually it sheds more light on them.

"It is not easy. It is a confidence position and when you take him out of the team and then bring him back do the team and fans have confidence in him?"

"You have to appreciate with a goalkeeper there are going to be ups and downs especially in this league because it is so fast and rough.

"To be honest I think it is hard road back when you get taken out of the team.

"Sometimes there is no way back. It is unfortunate for a goalkeeper but that is the way it is."

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