Simon Mignolet has insisted that competition for his place from Danny Ward and Loris Karius is only going to be good for all three keepers.
Simon Mignolet is likely to start the 2017/18 season as Liverpool’s number one but there is no guarantee that will continue as the campaign progresses.
The Belgian enjoyed a resurgence of sorts last season, keeping five clean sheets in his final six appearances and now has his eye firmly set on a massive season ahead.
With Loris Karius and Danny Ward both breathing down his neck, the Belgian stopper knows he has a real job to do if he wants to keep his starting place in the side but he insists he’s relishing the competition.
“Everybody is pushing each other really hard every year,” Mignolet explained. “Together with the goalkeeping coach we work hard to push each other and to be in the best shape we can be before the season starts.”
“I think we can bounce off each other and push each other forward and I think that’s the way forward for every position in the club. There’s competition for places not only in the goalkeeping department but everybody is pushing really hard to make sure they are ready for when the season starts.”
The Belgian international also praised the club’s pre-season preparations this summer and revealed he’s enjoying being able to train away from the usual surround of Melwood.
“We are in a different environment so it’s not always the same like it is in Melwood, so we will see different parts of the world,” revealed Mignolet.
“Apart from the training pitch and the hotel we don’t manage to go around, but we went to training on a bike and we got to see where we are in the middle of the mountain.”
“So I think that’s a big bonus for us to be somewhere else, to be together with the squad and get to know all the new players, so all together I think everything is there for us to prepare the best we can.”
With both Karius and Ward struggling with minor injury problems currently, Mignolet is expected to start in net against Hertha Berlin on Saturday and will likely get a full 90 minutes under his belt. Could he steal an early march in the race for the number one goalkeeper spot at Liverpool?