Liverpool’s Reina will fight to remain No1, Gerrard warns Mignolet

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard warns the club's new signing Simon Mignolet that Pepe Reina won't give up the No1 shirt without a fight

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Simon Mignolet kept 11 clean sheets for Sunderland last season Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard has warned Liverpool’s new signing Simon Mignolet that Pepe Reina won’t give up his number one spot without a fight.

The 25-year-old signed a long-term deal with the Reds after Liverpool agreed a reported £9m fee with Sunderland for the Belgium international on Tuesday.

Mignolet insisted that he is relishing the competition to become Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper as he tries to dislodge long-term servant Reina.

And Gerrard believes the Spaniard is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world and expects Mignolet to face a tough battle to demote the World Cup winner.

“I think who becomes the Liverpool No.1 is going to be Brendan Rodgers’s decision,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.

“I think he has gone on the record and said he wants to keep Pepe Reina, who is a world-class goalie – and Mignolet had a fantastic season as well so
competition for places is going to be really healthy.

“It is going to be an interesting one, we are going to have to keep our eye on it.

“I know Pepe won’t give up the No.1 without a fight. I have experienced him in top, top form and I think on his day he’s in the top five ‘keepers in the world so it’s going to be an interesting one to keep the eye on.”

Reina has kept 176 clean sheets in 394 appearances after the 30-year-old move to the Reds from Villarreal in a £6m deal in 2005.

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