Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Liverpool Capture Mignolet

Liverpool have signed Sunderland shot-stopper Simon Mignolet on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around £9 million. The Belgian keeper becomes Brendan Rogers fourth signing after Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.

News of this transfer has fueled rumours that Pepe Reins is heading out of Anfield with a return to Barcelona possibly on the cards! With Mignolet coming in, it is unsure of who will be the first selection. Reina is probably the best keeper of the two but £9 million is a lot to spend on a bench-warmer and Pepe Reina is too good for the bench so Brendan Rogers has a selection headache on his hands.

The Belgian goalkeeper played for Sunderland 90 times over 3 years he spent there after joining from Sint-Truiden in 2010 when Sunderland beat Udinese, PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente to signing him for £2 million. He started the first season playing for a few weeks before being replaced by Craig Gordon. The next season, he became second choice keeper after Gordon but was preferred over Kieran Westwood when Gordon got injured. Ever since, he has been the first choice goalkeeper after some excellent performances.

25-year-old Mignolet has played for Belgium at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21! He has played for the senior team 13 times since 2011 after his great displays for Sunderland. He hasn't been able to cement a regular starting role for Belgium because he and Thibaut Courtois rotate around. Playing week after week for Liverpool could be the perfect move to get him that starting role for his national team as well.

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