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Simon Mignolet insists he has nothing to prove to new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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Safe to say, Liverpool's Simon Mignolet has endured a lot of criticism since his move to Merseyside in 2013.

The Belgian goalkeeper initially made a good start to his Anfield career, but poor displays thereafter led to his position as Liverpool's number one being questioned by fans and pundits alike.

It's not been all doom and gloom for the 27-year-old, though. During his time at the club, Mignolet has managed some performances worthy of the utmost praise, with recent displays against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur epitomising his undoubted ability.

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The Reds drew on both occasions, but it's fair to say that the outcomes of both matches would've been far worse had it not been for the ex-Sunderland shot-stopper.

The Belgium international made some decisive and acrobatic saves against the Toffees and Lily Whites, as Liverpool recorded 1-1 and 0-0 draws respectively.

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Liverpool are in transition under new manager Jurgen Klopp and the German admitted to being content with a point from his first game in charge, with it no secret he was impressed by Mignolet given his consistent applause on the sidelines.

Despite his growing critics, Mignolet insists he doesn't feel any great pressure to deliver for his new manager following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, who bought him from Sunderland for £9 million two years ago.

"I don't think you have to prove anything", he said, according to the Liverpool Echo.

"Every day in training you want to get better. As a professional you want to work hard every day and improve yourself - that is how I see it.

"Obviously when there is a new manager it is always difficult at the beginning with the first steps with him because he doesn't know your character or your personality.

"But that goes out of the window when it is kick-off time. You have to play and be relaxed and focus on the job in hand."

An improved defensive line under Klopp is likely to ease the attention off Mignolet, but performances similar to that against Spurs will go some way to boost his own confidence and silence his critics.

And as if the motivation wasn't there already, amidst Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois' absence, Mignolet must push himself to stake his claim for a place in Belgium's Euro 2016 squad in France next year.

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