Liverpool aren’t buying Mignolet as a replacement for Reina, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the Reds are bringing in Simon Mignolet as competition for Pepe Reina

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

Brendan Rodgers insists that Liverpool are targeting Simon Mignolet to provide competition for Pepe Reina.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a £9m move for the Sunderland goalkeeper and are expected to conclude a deal in the coming days, with the club’s current number one being courted by Barcelona.

Despite Reina being first choice at Anfield since his arrival in 2005, Liverpool manager Rodgers is adamant Mignolet, 25, is not being bought to replace the 30-year-old former Barcelona ‘keeper.

“One of the things we’re trying to build is a competitive squad,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

“Our squad was very thin last year and it was great being we were able to introduce a few young players from our academy that but it’s very important that we have competition in every position and that wasn’t always the case.

“Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area.

“He was fully aware of my intention of the course of the last few months. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to Pepe.

“Pepe is a fantastic goalkeeper but Simon Mignolet is a player that has done really well.

“He’s also part of an emerging Belgium squad that has come into a golden era. He’s very much a part of that.

“When you work with Pepe he’s a great man. A very committed man to the club and he’s an outstanding goalkeeper.”

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