Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet: Clean sheets have helped my confidence
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says keeping three successive clean sheets in the league has helped his confidence grow
Simon Mignolet admits keeping three successive clean sheets in the Premier League has helped the Liverpool goalkeeper’s confidence.
The Belgium international appeared notably nervous on his Anfield debut before making a late penalty save to cement a 1-0 victory over Stoke City on the opening day of the season.
Mignolet has managed to keep out Aston Villa and reigning champions Manchester United since his late heroics against the Potters as the Reds moved to the top of the Premier League table.
And the 25-year-old, who joined the Reds in a £9m deal from Sunderland in July, wants Liverpool to build on their promising start after the international break.
“Since I joined the club and after the games we have played, we can be very happy with how we’ve started. Three games won and that’s what you want to start to the season,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s website.
“We’ve got three wins from the first three games played, so hopefully we can continue on that, progress and manage to play the coming games at the same level as we did the first couple of games.
“When you join the club as a new goalkeeper you want to do well in the first few games you play; keeping three clean sheets helped me to settle and also my confidence. It’s a good way to start.
“Now I just want to continue that way. I saw back in Belgium when I was on international duty that the club also signed three more players at the end of the transfer window – which is always good to get competition inside the dressing room.
“We have a very good squad at the moment to go ahead and play the remainder of the season.
“It’s a confident feeling looking at the table. I saw it on the television when I came back from Belgium.
“We have to make sure we continue in the manner that we started the league, starting with a very important game on Monday against Swansea. Hopefully we can do the same thing as we have done in the games we have already played.”