Simon Mignolet thriving under pressure


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Simon Mignolet insists he is thriving under the pressure that comes with being a Liverpool goalkeeper.

The Belgian international began the season as the Reds first-choice stopper, but he lost that position to summer signing Loris Karius in September.

The 28-year-old was then restored to the starting XI in December after Karius made some high-profile mistakes that cost the club points in successive matches against Bournemouth and West Ham.

Boss Jurgen Klopp has previously complained about the criticism that both his goalkeepers have received in the past, but Mignolet is thriving under the scrutiny, as he believes it is part and parcel of representing a club like Liverpool.

“It’s only normal,” he told Sky Sports. “You have to relish that and use that. It’s a nice thing to be playing for a big club like Liverpool and to be in the spotlight.

You have to use it as energy.” The former Sunderland stopper insists his main focus is to help the club continue their impressive run of form, as they bid to remain on the coat tails of league leaders Chelsea.

He added: “The club and the team is doing really well and that’s what we want to continue. We want many points and results on the board.”

Liverpool are currently six points behind Chelsea in the standings as they go in search of their first top-flight title since 1990.

The Reds are priced at 5.00 to finish top of the standings come May, while they are on offer at 1.17 to secure a top-four placing.

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