Mignolet unconcerned by pressure

    Simon Mignolet

    Simon Mignolet says he is unconcerned by the pressure on him as Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper.

    The Belgian international has had a tricky start to the season, conceding 12 goals in eight matches in all competitions.

    Liverpool have been consistently linked with a move for former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, but the 26-year-old says he remains calm about his current situation, and is not feeling any pressure.

    Simon Mignolet

    “We are all football players and we are here to do our best. You want to work hard in training and we will see what happens at a weekend. I can only do my best, work hard, be positive and confident and I believe in myself. That is the only thing I can do.”

    Asked whether the rumours concerning Victor Valdes has affected his performances, the Belgian responded: “If I have to look into all the people and players who are linked with Liverpool, then there will be another team on the pitch. Every week there would be a different 11 playing.

    “So it is just the fact that you play for a big club and you have to accept that is the way it is but I don’t read anything into that. I am here to play my game and to do my best every week, I can only work hard in training, be positive and make sure I play well at the weekend.

    “As a goalkeeper you are always very dependent on the whole team. If you concede one or two goals, you always say you could have done this or that better at that moment in time. There will always be things like that.

    “I accept it, try to learn from it and hopefully it doesn’t happen again in the future. I always move on to the next game and ensure I approach it in a positive mindset. I have to be ready when called upon.”

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