Liverpool transfers: Simon Mignolet relishing Pepe Reina competition
Liverpool transfers: Simon Mignolet is relishing the chance to compete with Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina after moving to Anfield
Simon Mignolet says he is relishing competition from Pepe Reina and Brad Jones to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper after completing a move to Anfield.
The Belgium international has penned a long-term contract with the Reds after the 25-year-old shot stopper finalised a £9m move to the 18-time English champions from Sunderland on Tuesday.
Mignolet’s arrival leaves Reina’s future in doubt amid reported interest from Barcelona, but the Belgian isn’t fazed by the prospect of having to dislodge Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper.
“Competition can only be a good thing,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s website.
“I’ve been in big competitions wherever I’ve been – in Belgium with the national team and in Sunderland with Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood, who are international goalies. Now it’s the same again with Pepe and with Brad.
“It’s only a good thing – to be competitive and to train as hard as you can, it can only bring the best out of you.
“Pepe is an experienced goalkeeper who has proven a lot over the years. I’m looking forward to working with him, the same as I am with Brad and the goalie coach.
“It’s a challenge but that’s what you want. You want to play in the big games, you want to play for a big club and to play with pressure.
“I’m very confident in myself and I can’t wait to get the first clean sheet under my belt.
“I’ve never been a nervous person. I’m quite confident in my own abilities.”
Mignolet played 101 games for the Black Cats after moving to the Stadium of Light in a £2m deal from Sint-Truiden in June 2010.