Mignolet Prepared To Battle Karius For No. 1 Spot

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Simon Mignolet is welcoming the challenge to be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper, with new signing, Loris Karius providing a challenge for the Belgian.

The Belgium international has been the number one at Anfield for the past three seasons. However, his performance has been called into question, following a string of high-profile errors.

The arrival of Karius from Mainz for a reported £4.7 million has raised the possibility of Mignolet being demoted to the bench by Klopp next season.

But the former Sunderland keeper insists that competition for places can only be beneficial for the squad.

“I think the challenge is good,” Mignolet told reporters after an open training session in California, where Liverpool are preparing for an International Champions Cup friendly against Chelsea.

“For every place you need that competition if you are going to improve as a player and as a team. I am used to the competition for places. It’s happened over the last couple of seasons and it happened at the previous teams I was at.

“It is the same with the international team. If you want it, you have got to fight for it. You have got to take the challenge and ensure it gets the best out of you. It is nice to have.

“It all comes down to how you deal with it yourself. The biggest challenge is the fight you have on your own. You have to look at yourself and make sure you give your best in training and in your performances. That is what I will keep doing.

“There is no point looking at somebody else. You have just got to make sure you do your job in the best possible way.”



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