Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet happy to compete with Pepe Reina
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he is happy to compete with Pepe Reina for a place in the club's starting line-up next term
Simon Mignolet says he is happy to be competing with Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to be the club’s first-choice shot stopper next season.
The 25-year-old completed a £9m switch to the Reds from Sunderland last month as Brendan Rodgers looked to recruit more competition for long-term number one Reina.
And the Belgium international is relishing the chance to challenge Reina and Brad Jones for a starting spot in the Liverpool manager’s starting line-up.
“That’s always what has happened when there’s competition,” Mignolet told ESPN. “I’ve had competition in Sunderland and in Belgium with the national team.
“It’s not only Pepe – there’s a lot of good goalies at Liverpool, like Brad Jones for example – and it’s not only the position of the goalie where there is competition. It’s every single position on the field.
“There are only 11 players who can play and it is something that is normal with being a football player. You have to deal with that. Competition can only make you as an individual better and let you perform better. It can only be a positive thing.
“From the talks I had with the manager and the goalkeeping coach I felt they were very ambitious and the club wants to get forward.
“The signings they’d already done before July showed they really wanted to get going. They want to push on again in the Premier League. It was obvious that they are an ambitious club and a big club.
“I know how big a club this is but I think I’m only going to feel it once the games get going. The first few training sessions went okay. I’m very happy to be here and train.”