Simon Mignolet admits he needs to remain calm and do his talking on the pitch after being thrust back into the role of Liverpool’s No. 1.
Last season’s undisputed No. 1 was all set to start the season on the bench after the arrival of Loris Karius from Mainz, but the broken hand the German has suffered he means he will be sidelined for two months and Mignolet will start the season in goal with Alex Manninger his deputy.
However, the Belgium international knows he needs to perform to keep Karius at bay and he is determined to justify his inclusion.
“I wish Loris all the best,” Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.
“I hope everything goes well and I’m sure he will come back strongly from this. You don’t want to be losing players from the squad and we’ve had a number of injuries now.
“I just need to stay calm. I need to look at myself and my own performances in the games and in training. I have to keep my head down and keep working hard.
“I don’t want to speak too much about it because I want to do my talking on the pitch.
“It’s down to me to put in performances and play the best I can.
“It might be that Loris is injured now, but that doesn’t mean I’ll take my foot off the gas. It doesn’t change anything.”
Simon Mignolet definitely at fault here. Just bad goalkeeping to not come and clear the ball in your own 6-yard box. pic.twitter.com/31wMgqZ0Gg
— Jordan Chamberlain (@Jordan_AC90) August 2, 2016
Mignolet made his first outing of pre-season in the comfortable 2-0 win over AC Milan in Santa Clara on Sunday and he had a quiet evening. However, he was a second-half sub and replaced Manninger in the defeat to Roma and made a fine stop to deny Edin Dzeko before Mo Salah tapped in the rebound.
Mignolet, who said he was delighted to get back into first-team action, then made a superb save late on from Federico Ricci’s powerful low shot.
“It was nice for me to be back out there. We didn’t give many chances away and we were well organised.
“We working on things during the week and put them into practice.”