It's taken me 12 months to get used to Liverpool, admits £9m signing

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that it has taken him a year to get used to the demands of playing for the club.

Simon Mignolet has admitted that it has taken him a year to get used to what it is like to represent Liverpool.

The Belgian international ‘keeper made a switch from Sunderland to Anfield last summer and he says that it has taken him all this time to comprehend the demands of his new environment.

It is a revealing statement from the custodian who has made a good impression on Merseyside and evidence of the Reds lofty standing in football.

"Now I know what it is to play for Liverpool," Mignolet said to the club’s official site. "Last year it was all new for me, I still had to make my competitive debut.

"Now, when I returned from the World Cup, I knew the environment, the people and the players - it feels a lot more natural this season. You come into an environment that you know, where you know what you are asked to do.”

Mignolet was a mainstay in Brendan Rodgers’ side as the club returned to the Champions League last season.

It was a fine resurgence that the Reds are now hoping to build upon and Mignolet says that he is looking forward to having the opportunity to test himself in Europe’s elite competition.

"The Champions League is something new for me and something to look forward to. Every game in the Premier League is similar to a game in the Champions League.”

Liverpool have been drawn in a group with Real Madrid, Basel and Ludogorets and they will be hoping to qualify from a fairly kind draw.

Although Real Madrid represent a huge test, the other two teams in the group are amongst the weaker sides in the competition and a second-placed finish looks perfectly achievable.

That, in itself, presents a new challenge for the club, though, as they had no European football to compete in during their success last year.

Rodgers has been quick to fill his squad out so that they can compete both domestically and in Europe.

Whether it will be successful remains to be seen, but Mignolet and the rest of his teammates will be desperate to keep their place in the top four as a host of teams look to leapfrog them in the Premier League standings this year.

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