Simon Mignolet issues warning to new Liverpool signing
The Liverpool goalkeeper discusses the battle to be Jurgen Klopp's first-choice goalkeeper
Simon Mignolet says he is focused on his own game and not Loris Karius as he looks to cement his status as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The Belgium international is facing increased competition for a starting spot from Jurgen Klopp’s summer signings Karius and Alex Manninger.
The dynamic [between the goalkeepers] is really good. Alex is obviously brilliant with his experience, to give knowledge to us. Loris unfortunately got injured
The 23-year-old was handed the number one shirt after Klopp signed Karius in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga club Mainz.
The German shot stopper started five of Liverpool’s pre-season games and the former Mainz goalkeeper conceded just twice before breaking his hand in a 1-0 defeat by Chelsea.
However, Mignolet isn’t worried about competition from Karius and Manninger as the Belgian shot stopper looks to prove himself as Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper.
“In the end, it’s all down to you,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s website.
“You have to keep your head down, work hard and make sure you put in the performances yourself. You don’t look over your shoulder to anybody else.
“It’s about making sure you put in your own best possible performance every day on the training pitch and on a matchday.
“The dynamic [between the goalkeepers] is really good. Alex is obviously brilliant with his experience, to give knowledge to us. Loris unfortunately got injured.
“We get on really well and we’re working really well together with the goalkeeping coach. We have had a few young guys up as well to help us out. The goalies’ union is there and is strong.”
Mignolet moved to Liverpool in a £9m deal from Sunderland under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers in 2013.
The Reds start their Premier League campaign with a trip to rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The 18-time English champions finished in eighth place under Klopp in the Premier League last term as Liverpool finished without Champions League football for the second successive season.