Goalkeeper Mignolet thrilled by Liverpool debut

New Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has expressed his delight after saving a late penalty on his debut against Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported.

The Belgian arrived at Liverpool this summer from Sunderland as a replacement for the long-serving Pepe Reina, who has joined Napoli on a season-long loan. Mignolet made his competitive debut for the club on Saturday, and after experiencing a nervy first-half, saved a late penalty to deny Stoke a point.

Liverpool had dominated proceedings throughout in the first Premier League game of the new season, but only led by one, after missing several chances and finding Mignolet’s opposite number Asmir Begovic in excellent form. The Reds began to look nervy towards the end, however, which culminated in the award of the 88th minute spot-kick.

And Mignolet spoke of his happiness after keeping out Jonathan Walters, saying: “There is an unwritten law in football that if you play well and don’t take your chances, there will be chances for the opposition. I was thinking that, the longer the game went on. I had a feeling they would equalise in the last minute, really.

It was the debut that you dream of. I had hoped to do something like that, but you never really think you will. Saving a penalty in the last minute, on your first game for Liverpool.

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