Mignolet wants to take Reina’s Liverpool place

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, recently signed by Liverpool from Sunderland, has said that he has come to Anfield with the intention of replacing Pepe Reina as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appeared to sign Mignolet in order to create more competition for Reina, who has never been severely challenged for the goalkeeping position in his eight years at the club.

Reina has held the position of No.1 goalkeeper since he joined in 2005, making 285 Premier League appearances and helping the club to two domestic cups, and a Champions League final, but has been linked with Barcelona this summer.

Mignolet, 25, has impressed in his three seasons with Sunderland. Initially signed from St. Truiden as cover for Craig Gordon in 2010, the Belgian was quickly thrust into first-team action after Gordon suffered from injury, and went on to make 100 appearances for the Black Cats in all competitions.

And after joining the Reds for £8m, Mignolet has said during a press conference that he has not arrived to be Reina’s understudy, declaring: “I’m not here to be sitting and resting. I’m here to come and progress, and play. The only thing I can do is train hard, show the manager that I’m ready for it and in the games when I get my chance I have to be there and be ready.

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