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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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Rodgers reveals why he signed a new goalkeeper.

The signing of Simon’s Mignolet from Sunderland was a shock to a few people, as Reina was committed to staying with Liverpool amid interest from Barcelona. Either one of Reina or Mignolet, both top class goalkeepers, will be on the bench and Rodgers has revealed why he brought a new goalkeeper.

Rodgers has revealed before how he believes you need two top class players for each position, thus why he signed Mignolet. It is a known fact that Reina has lost his form in the last two years, making several costly errors.

Brad Jones last season had to step in a few times for Reina when the Spaniard was injured and was not good enough, again making several costly errors.

Mignolet was one of the best, if not the best, goalkeeper in the Premier League last season in a disappointing season for Sunderland. The Belgium international made 11 clean sheets last season and was the Black Cats player of the season.

Rodgers is now spoilt for choice in the goalkeeping department as he now has three senior goalkeepers that can step up to the mark.

“I spoke to Pepe about this a few months back and told him we wanted to bring in another goalkeeper as real competition. Pepe has been terrific here, Brad Jones was excellent when he stood in last year, and I felt we needed another one.

“I was very open with my goalkeepers and they know the situation. Simon comes in and we’ve got great competition, and when you’ve got competition it pushes everyone to perform.

“We obviously lost a young goalkeeper in Peter Gulacsi so we needed three very capable goalkeepers – and we’ve brought in Simon Mignolet, who’s one of the top young goalkeepers in Europe. He’s shown that at Sunderland over the last few years.

“He’s got great stature and I think he was player of the season at Sunderland – and I really think he can improve on that talent.

“He’s part of the Belgian set-up and it’s really their golden era of players. Him coming here will hopefully increase his opportunities there also.”

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