Liverpool have announced that Simon Mignolet has signed a new five-year contract and fans have been reacting to the news on Twitter.
The Belgium international has been responsible for a string of errors this season but still has the backing of manager Jurgen Klopp, who described the 27-year-old as a “really, really, really good keeper” in a press conference earlier this month.
Many Liverpool fans were hoping Klopp would bring in a new goalkeeper this summer - Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen had been linked with a move to Anfield - but the much-maligned Mignolet will remain Liverpool’s number one for the foreseeable future.
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“I’m very pleased that I can be at Anfield and a part of Liverpool for a long future. I’m happy to commit my future to LFC,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s official website. “I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility. I’m getting older as well and coming into the years where people would say those are the years a ‘keeper is at his best.
“I know with a long-term contract, you get more responsibility – and I want to take up that role because I’m the sort of character that wants to be a leader, wants to speak in the dressing room and wants to help the defence.
“I’ll try to work hard together with the goalkeeping coach and staff here, who are behind me and have given their confidence with a new contract.
“I would like to thank them for that – but you can’t really do that with words, you have to do that with performances on the pitch. And that’s what I’ll try to show.”
Liverpool fans react on Twitter
Here’s how Liverpool fans have reacted to the news of Mignolet’s contract extension…
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