Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet has great potential, says David James

Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James believes current Reds shot stopper Simon Mignolet has "great potential"

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Simon Mignolet joined Liverpool this summer Photo: Back Page Images

David James believes Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has “great potential”.

The Belgium international started his first Premier League game for the Reds in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City last Saturday, producing a stunning last-minute penalty save to deny Jonathan Walters.

Liverpool’s long-term first-choice shot stopper Pepe Reina was sent on a season-long loan to Napoli after Rodgers signed 25-year-old Mignolet in a £9m deal from Sunderland earlier in the transfer window.

And former Reds goalkeeper James has been impressed by Mignolet and expects the Belgian to shine at Anfield.

“I’m impressed with him [Mignolet],” James told Liverpool’s website. “He had a very good year with Sunderland last year – he was player of the year there last season.

“I’ve always thought Pepe Reina was a top drawer goalkeeper. For whatever reason he wasn’t performing at his very best in the last couple of years and it’s a statement to replace that position.

“Simon is on the up, he’s a young man and has great potential.”

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