Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mignolet Basking In Penalty Save Glory

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet thinks his opening day debut penalty save against Stoke City has helped him settle into life at Anfield.

The Belgian stopper, was a £9 million summer transfer from Sunderland, replacing Pepe Reina who has since moved on a season long loan to Napoli to be with his old manager at Liverpool; Rafael Benitez.

He was one of many arrivals at the club this summer, alongside the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Iago Aspas and Victor Moses, the latter is on loan.

Mignolet's debut couldn't have had a better start to life with The Red's, his penalty save has helped Brendan Rodgers' side to record three straight victories.

Maximum points means that at this early stage of the season, Liverpool is top.

Furthermore, the 13 cap international is yet to concede a goal for his new club. As well as Stoke, Mignolet has kept clean sheets against Aston Villa and fierce rivals Manchester United.

Speaking about that save, Mignolet had this to say to Liverpool's official website: "Obviously if you do that in your first game as a Liverpool player in the Barclays Premier League, you're very happy."

"It boosted my confidence and it was a very special moment. Because of the save we won the game and it doesn't really happen often that as a goalkeeper you can be so decisive - especially in your first game."

"We've got three wins from the first three games played, so hopefully we can continue on that, progress and manage to play the coming games at the same level as we did the first couple of games."

Liverpool look to carry on their perfect start to the season with a win against Rodgers' former club Swansea on Monday night.

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