Liverpool’s spending spree continues, as the club last night sealed the signing of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 25, for a fee of £9million.
An official statement of the Anfield club said: “Liverpool Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of Belgium international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland”.
The Belgian has signed a 5 year contract and swiftly expressed his excitement in his first Liverpool interview, empathizing his pride of playing for Liverpool, and stated: “I can’t wait to get started”
With 2 first choice goalkeepers at currently the club, Mignolet has welcomed the competition with the experienced Spanish International Pepe Reina, 31, and said: “Competition can only be a good thing,”
“I’ve been in big competitions wherever I’ve been – in Belgium with the national team and in Sunderland with Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood, who are international goalies. Now it’s the same again with Pepe and with Brad.”
“It’s only a good thing – to be competitive and to train as hard as you can, it can only bring the best out of you.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers added: “I am delighted that we have been able to sign one of the top goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League,”
“Simon will join a club that will give him an opportunity to demonstrate and improve his huge talent.
Mignolet has 13 caps for his country and resembled a stand-out goalkeeper in the Premier League last season.