Simon Mignolet has vowed to keep fighting to get his place as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper back.
Mignolet, who impressed in goal during Liverpool’s 2 – 1 victory over Tottenham in the fourth round of the EFL cup at Anfield last night is not happy to be the number two goalkeeper and has said that he can’t accept being second choice.
“I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play. I will keep fighting to get my place back.”
“I will never give up fighting firstly because that’s not in my character to just give up.”
“Secondly because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in week out.
“So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. Hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.”
Mignolet has been unchallenged as Liverpool’s number one over the last few seasons and many say that the lack of competition for the coveted number one spot has meant that there has been no pressure to perform. The arrival of Loris Karius in the summer has meant that that situation has changed.
Although Karius has failed to impress since his arrival, Klopp’s announcement that he is to remain as first choice keeper means that he will get an extended run in the team as he comes back from an injury.
Mignolet said he’s not thinking about that. “It’s not in my character” he said.
“The only thing I can then do is to play my best, work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always been doing. Then in the end you can’t complain that you have, how you say, let yourself down. I want to keep my head up and be professional.”
“I can only do my job to the best of my ability – be the best I can. Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I don’t want that to take long.”
“I was happy with my performance against Tottenham. Sometimes as a keeper you have to help the team out in important moments and I did that.”