Simon Mignolet welcomes Pepe Reina competition

Simon Mignolet has welcomed the competition he will face with Pepe Reina and Brad Jones for the goalkeeping slot.

The Belgium international signed from Sunderland for a fee of 9million to provide more depth in the team. Mignolet was last season one of the best, if not the best, goalkeeper in the Premier League last season and was voted Sunderland’s player of the season in an otherwise disappointing season for the Black Cats.

Reina has been the Reds undisputed goalkeeper since 2005 and Mignolet believes the task of displacing the Spaniard will only improve him as a player.

“That’s always what has happened when there’s competition,” the 25-year-old told ESPN FC. “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.”

Rodgers side kick off their season against Stoke City in six weeks time and Mignolet has been impressed by the rapid transfer business that has already been conducted.

“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 No.22 continued.

“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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