English Premiership

Mignolet shrugs off Valdes link

2014-09-30 10:34
Simon Mignolet (Supplied)
Simon Mignolet (Supplied)
Cape Town - Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has shrugged off fears of losing his spot and insists the club are working hard to improve defensively.

The Reds have been poor at the back in their first six games of the Premier League, keeping just a single clean sheet, with the Belgian stopper bearing the brunt of the blame.

The club have also been linked with a move for former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes should he prove his fitness, but Mignolet isn't too concerned by such reports.

"If I had to look into all the players who are linked with Liverpool, then there would be another team on the pitch. Every week there would be a different 11 playing," Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.

"If you play for a big club, 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.

"The only pressure is what you put yourself under. What is pressure? Pressure is what is happening in Iraq at the moment where there is a war. That is pressure.

"We are football players and we are here to do our best. I can only do my best, work hard in training, be positive and confident and believe in myself."

Having conceded nine goals and losing three of their first six, Mignolet admits everyone at Liverpool wants to improve their defensive record.

"We're not happy with some of the goals we've conceded in recent games," he added. "But we've worked hard on things. We want to do better and that showed against Everton.

"We worked on it during the week and I think it showed. Everyone was organised and spoke a lot with each other.

"Everyone was loud on the pitch and showed the authority that was asked of them. From that perspective, there were a lot of positives to take."

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