‘Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet one of Europe’s top young goalkeepers’
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says new signing Simon Mignolet is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool have signed one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe after Simon Mignolet joined the Reds to rival Pepe Reina for the number one spot.
The Belgium international, 25, penned a long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit after completing a £9m switch to the 18-time English champions from Sunderland last month.
It prompted speculation that Rodgers could sell Reina this summer following an indifferent campaign for the Spain international, who has been attracting interest from Barcelona.
However, the Reds manager revealed he had held discussions with Reina about signing another goalkeeper to provide quality competition for the 30-year-old.
“I always felt it was important for us to have competition right the way through the squad, and that includes the goalkeepers,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“I spoke to Pepe about this a few months back and told him we wanted to bring in another goalkeeper as real competition. Pepe has been terrific here, Brad Jones was excellent when he stood in last year, and I felt we needed another one.
“I was very open with my goalkeepers and they know the situation. Simon comes in and we’ve got great competition, and when you’ve got competition it pushes everyone to perform.
“We obviously lost a young goalkeeper in Peter Gulacsi so we needed three very capable goalkeepers – and we’ve brought in Simon Mignolet, who’s one of the top young goalkeepers in Europe. He’s shown that at Sunderland over the last few years.
“He’s got great stature and I think he was player of the season at Sunderland – and I really think he can improve on that talent.
“He’s part of the Belgian set-up and it’s really their golden era of players. Him coming here will hopefully increase his opportunities there also.”