Mignolet relishing fight for his place at Liverpool

The Merseyside club’s latest signing insists that he is not new to competing for his spot and believes his €13 million fee does not guarantee he will start next season

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that he is relishing competing for the No.1 jersey at Anfield next season.

Brendan Rodgers’ latest €13 million signing has dismissed claims that his transfer fee means he will be next season’s starting goalkeeper and insists that he is relishing the competition with Pepe Reina and Brad Jones.

The Belgium international said: “That’s always what has happened when there’s competition, I’ve had competition in Sunderland and in Belgium with the national team.

“It’s not only Pepe – there’s a lot of good goalies at Liverpool, like Brad Jones for example – and it’s not only the position of the goalie where there is competition. It’s every single position on the field.

“There are only 11 players who can play and it is something that is normal with being a football player. You have to deal with that. Competition can only make you as an individual better and let you perform better, it can only be a positive thing.”

Mignolet also revealed that he has had discussions with the coaching staff regarding the clubs ambitions for next season.

He added: “From the talks I had with the manager and the goalkeeping coach I felt they were very ambitious and the club wants to get forward,”

“The signings they’d already done before July showed they really wanted to get going. They want to push on again in the Premier League. It was obvious that they are an ambitious club and a big club.

“I know how big a club this is but I think I’m only going to feel it once the games get going. The first few training sessions went okay. I’m very happy to be here and train.”

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