Liverpool star's big chance to beat Chelsea man to coveted role

Mignolet

Simon Mignolet has a big chance in upcoming friendlies for Belgium to stake a claim for the number one spot.

The race for the Belgian number one spot is not one Simon Mignolet will want to relinquish without a fight.

The goalkeeper was not so long ago first choice for his country but has been overtaken in recent months by Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois.

Not shy on confidence, Courtois states that he counts himself as one of the five best in the world, and has been impressing in his third loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

Mignolet however has a huge chance on the horizon over the upcoming week.

Belgian website HLN.be is reporting that the Liverpool goalkeeper will be given the chance to start both upcoming friendly matches over the next week, against Japan and Colombia.

Coach Marc Wilmots said: "Simon has always shown an excellent mentality and performs well at his club. It is therefore only natural that he will get playing opportunities. You should also see this in the perspective of: . . If something happens with Thibaut Courtois, to Simon we turn."

So while Courtois is still considered the number one, it's still a great opportunity for Mignolet to impress.

He has been solid for Liverpool this season, and has the opportunity to test himself against players of the calibre of Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda, Falcao and Jackson Martinez over the next week.

When he signed for Liverpool from Sunderland in the summer it was with the intention of moving to a higher profile club to aid his international ambitions.

If he continues performing for Liverpool, and impresses over the upcoming friendlies, he can continue to apply the pressure on Courtois and may even convince his coach to throw in a surprise selection next summer.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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