Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Simon Mignolet’s match winning debut

What did Liverpool fans make of the performance of their new keeper on the opening day of the Premier League season?

The Premier League is under way, and the teams that got us started off were Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield.

There were plenty of debutants on show in the game as well, always one of the highlights of a the first day of the season.

Liverpool showed off Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Simon Mignolet from the start - and the latter is where we place most of our attention after the opening day victory.

The history books will record this as a 1-0 victory, with a goal from Daniel Sturridge - yet amongst it all there was a very interesting debut on show from the Belgian.

Signed from Sunderland this summer for a fee of £9 million, he was originally brought in to challenge Pepe Reina for first-team football, or at least that’s what we were told.

In the end Reina was flogged to Napoli on loan for the season and Mignolet was now the undisputed number one goalkeeper - and this game against Stoke City was his opportunity to show what Liverpool had paid for.

So how did he get on?

It was an interesting first appearance for the player, and one he will certainly not forget for a very long time.

The former Sunderland keeper did not exactly get off to the best of starts, in fact he had a pretty ropey beginning to his full Liverpool debut. Robert Huth almost grabbed the opening goal of the Premier League season when Mignolet fluffed his lines at a back-post cross early on in the game.

Mignolet himself spoke of his early nerves post-game, when the late drama had already unfolded:

‘’You have to get through the first 15 minutes. I managed to get through the first 15 minutes with the support of the fans, my team-mates and the staff. I got through the first 15 minutes of the game and once I made my first save, it settled me down and made the game a lot easier.’’

That certainly seemed to be the case, and once the early butterfiles had flown from the pit of his gut he became much more comfortable in between the sticks.

But he never knew how important he would be to the eventual victory. When Daniel Agger gave away a penalty late on, after a silly handball, up stepped Jonathan Walters to hopefully level the scoring - and earn a magnificent opening day point on Merseyside.

However Mignolet was not to be beaten. The Belgian saved the Irish international’s penalty kick. But perhaps even better was his save from the follow up - denying Kenwyne Jones from what looked a certain goal.

Mignolet was hot property this summer, and eyebrows were raised when he went to Liverpool - considering the presence of Reina at Anfield.

But he has already become a hero with the fans, who find themselves asking Pepe who? after just 90 minutes of football.

But his performance should not subtract from Asmir Begovic's spectacular performance in between The Potters sticks.

But Liverpool fans took to Twitter to make their pleasure well known to all fans, including those of the clubs who decided not to make a move for the player this summer...

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