Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet not fazed by Pepe Reina competition

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he isn't fazed by competition from Pepe Reina to be the club's starting shot stopper

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

Simon Mignolet says he isn’t fazed by competition from Pepe Reina and Brad Jones to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper this season.

The Belgium international has signed a long-term contract with the Reds after the Merseyside outfit paid £9m to secure the shot stopper’s services from Sunderland.

Reina, 30, has been Liverpool’s undisputed number one since joining the club from Villarreal in 2005, but Mignolet is relishing the challenge of dislodging the Spaniard.

“He spoke to me about that,” said Mignolet. “It’s not really something that has to go outside of the club. Competition is going to be in every single club.

“There was big competition in Sunderland with Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood, and with Belgium.

“Everywhere you go, especially when you go to a bigger club, there’s going to be a fight for places. It’s a challenge that will only make you stronger.

“In the games I will get a chance to show what I can do.”

Mignolet also admitted he would look back on his Sunderland spell with fond memories after calling time on three years at the Stadium of Light.

“I had a very good three years there so I’m very pleased how it all went in the end,” he added.

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