Thursday 8 December 2016

Mignolet signs new five-year Liverpool contract

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

Liverpool have announced goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new 5-year contract. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Liverpool have announced goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new 5-year contract. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new five-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.

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The Belgium international's new contract shows significant faith from manager Jurgen Klopp as he has come in for much criticism for some indifferent displays.

Most recently, in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal last week, he was criticised by fans for fumbling a faint touch from Olivier Giroud into the net at a corner.

His deputy, Adam Bogdan, also proved error-prone in the 3-0 loss at Watford and the 2-2 FA Cup draw against Exeter, prompting Klopp to recall 22-year-old Danny Ward from a loan spell at Aberdeen.

Mignolet recorded more Premier League clean sheets than any other keeper last year, and while his errors have brought him the wrong sort of headlines, they appear not to have affected Klopp's view.

The 27-year-old is determined to repay his manager's faith.

"I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility," he said. "I'm getting older as well and coming into the years where people would say those are the years a keeper is at his best.

"I'm the sort of character that wants to be a leader, wants to speak in the dressing-room and wants to help the defence.

"I'll try to work hard, together with the goalkeeping coach and staff here, who are behind me and have given their confidence with a new contract.

"I would like to thank them for that but you can't really do that with words - you have to do that with performances on the pitch and that's what I'll try to show."

Irish Independent

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