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Liverpool debut a 'dream' for Mignolet

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New Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has expressed his delight after producing a strong performance that helped Brendan Rodgers' men secure a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield. 

25-year-old Mignolet signed for the Reds from Sunderland for £9 million in August and saved a Jon Walters penalty on his first start for his new club as Liverpool overcame a resilient Potters side in the Premier League curtain-raiser. 

Liverpool's winning goal came courtesy of England international Daniel Sturridge, who fired home a long-range effort through the legs of Robert Huth shortly before half-time. 

Following the game, Belgian international Mignolet told the club's official website: "The penalty save was an incredible moment because it more or less meant we had won the game. It doesn't really happen that a goalkeeper directly secures the points. You can't score goals so for something like this to come around is great and will help my confidence for the next game. 

"It was the debut that you dream of. I had hoped to do something like that but you never really think that you will. Saving a penalty in the last minute of your first game for Liverpool is just amazing."

Mignolet was also quick to pay homage to the Anfield crowd, who helped settle him down after an inevitable nervy start.

"I've felt at home from the very first moment I arrived here," he continued. "The way people have treated me has been amazing. When you play your first Premier League game and can do those things it makes it easier."

Next up for Mignolet and Liverpool is a trip to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday. 

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