Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have raised a glass in approval as their manager Jurgen Klopp continues to get business done quickly in the January market.
Following earlier deals that brought Marko Grujic and Steven Caulker to Anfield, Liverpool have now confirmed that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new long-term deal with the Merseyside giants.
The Belgian international has remained first-choice for Liverpool throughout Brendan Rodgers’ regime and the start of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, despite criticism from fans and the media that he’s not quite what the historic club need.
27-year-old Mignolet had more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the top flight in 2015 though and has years ahead of him, in what should be a crucial period for Liverpool. Speaking to the club’s official website, the Belgian was delighted with the deal.
“I’m very pleased that I can be at Anfield and a part of Liverpool for a long future. I’m happy to commit my future to LFC. I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility. I’m getting older as well and coming into the years where people would say those are the years a ‘keeper is at his best.”
“I know with a long-term contract, you get more responsibility – and I want to take up that role because I’m the sort of character that wants to be a leader, wants to speak in the dressing room and wants to help the defence.”
“I’ll try to work hard together with the goalkeeping coach and staff here, who are behind me and have given their confidence with a new contract. I would like to thank them for that – but you can’t really do that with words, you have to do that with performances on the pitch. And that’s what I’ll try to show.”
Our landlord believes that a lot of the criticism Mignolet receives is unwarranted and that this is a massive deal for Liverpool.
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