English Premiership

Mignolet won't accept backup role at Liverpool

2016-10-28 11:41
Simon Mignolet (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Simon Mignolet insists he will not accept the role of second-choice goalkeeper at Liverpool, after starting in the 2-0 League Cup win over Tottenham on Tuesday.

The Belgian goalkeeper has recently been displaced by Loris Karius in manager Jurgen Klopp's starting XI, however, he remains determined to regain his spot.

"I don't want to be a No 2, that's clear. I want to play," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "I will never give up fighting because that's not in my character to just give up.

"Secondly, because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I'm 28 years old and I want to play week-in, week-out.

"So I'll work hard and I'll never give up - giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. So hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.

"I will always support the team and the club. Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I am happy with my performance against Tottenham.

"I will keep fighting to get my place back... to be honest, the only thing I can do is work hard, keep my head down." 

Karius arrived from German outfit Mainz for £5m during the summer, and missed out at the start of the season due to a broken hand.

Liverpool take on Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park in hope to keep the pressure on Arsenal and Manchester at the summit of the Premier League table.

Kick-off is at 18:30.

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