Mignolet praises Liverpool, takes accidental shot at Sunderland?

Liverpool goalkeeper has been discussing the main difference between his new club and his old one.

Belgian international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will be in action this weekend for his country, and has been talking to the press in his country.

Mignolet sealed a £10 million switch from Sunderland to Liverpool and has settled instantly, ensuring there are no fans pining for Pepe Reina as the Reds sit second in the Premier League table.

Asked what the big difference between Liverpool and Sunderland is, he issued a quite cutting response, one he may not even have meant to sound like a bit of a jab, but comes across a little that way.

He told HLN, "At Liverpool it's a big difference. Now I'm in a team that plays to win, not to not lose."

It's easy to appreciate his sentiments; Liverpool are competing at the top of the table, while Sunderland this season certainly will be happy just to avoid relegation.

If league position was his reference then fair enough, but if he is talking about playing style then it's unlikely something former boss Martin O'Neill would appreciate.

He went on to add: "That does not mean I have less work to do. That's proved by the statistics. I am the second most tested goalkeeper in the Premier League."

He has his opportunity to impress in friendlies against Colombia and Japan this week, named a starter ahead of Thibaut Courtois, and was modest in his comments:

"I will therefore do everything to show my potential but not at the expense of the collective. If I have nothing to do, that's fine for me  It would be a proof of our good organization and efficiency."

One suspects that is exactly the type of attitude coach Marc Wilmots likes to hear.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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