Simon Mignolet issues warning to Liverpool signing ahead of Man United clash

The Liverpool goalkeeper is optimistic about his chances of starting against Manchester United

Simon Mignolet says he is optimistic of starting ahead of Loris Karius for Liverpool’s home clash against Manchester United at Anfield on Monday night.

The Belgium international started Liverpool’s opening five Premier League games of the 2016-17 season as the Reds conceded eight times.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signed Karius in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga club Mainz in the summer transfer window.

The Reds boss wasted no time handing Karius the number one shirt at the Merseyside club but the shot stopper’s start to the season was hampered by a broken hand suffered during their pre-season campaign.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund boss didn’t hesitate to start Karius at the earliest available opportunity as the summer signing helped Liverpool keep their first clean sheet of the season in a 3-0 win against Derby County in the League Cup.

Karius went on to concede two goals in Liverpool’s victories over Hull City and Swansea City in the Premier League ahead of the international break.

And Mignolet, who moved to Liverpool in a £9m deal from Sunderland in 2013, is remaining optimistic about his first-team chances.

“I look at the positives and expect and hope to play against United,” Mignolet is quoted as saying by Four Four Two.

“I can still take confidence from my good start in the league. At Arsenal, Tottenham and against Leicester [City], I was important to the team with some good saves.”

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