Simon Mignolet reveals why he turned down Liverpool No. 1 shirt

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian is also looking to maintain his good form in 2015 after turning things around.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed why he turned down the club’s number one shirt.

The Belgian is the current undisputed number one at Anfield, with Brad Jones failing to properly supplant him last season and Adam Bogdan having been brought in this summer as his back-up.

He doesn’t, though, wear the number one jersey, instead electing to wear the number 22, despite having the chance to take No.1 when Jones left the club this summer.

And he has explained the reason why he has stuck with what he already has rather than changing.

“Although I was offered the No.1, 22 is my number,” he told liverpoolfc.com

“I’ve always worn it ever since I started playing professional football – I started with that number back in Belgium, I wore it at Sunderland and I started my career here at Liverpool with it, so I didn’t want to change it. I wouldn’t say I was superstitious, but it’s something that is part of me.”

Pleased with progress in 2015

The goalkeeper has also declared that he is happy with how things are going after a turbulent year at Anfield.

Amidst the Reds’ disappointing early form last season, the Belgian came in for heavy criticism from all angles after a series of mistakes and poor displays, with many saying he simply wasn’t good enough.

That culminated in him being dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers, although he soon returned, and in fine form too, with him now being the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the Premier League for the calendar year of 2015.

“I am happy personally with how things are going, both on and off the pitch, in 2015,” he added.

“I responded after my short period on the bench, coming back and keeping those clean sheets, winning the Player of the Year award from the LFC Legends, getting married and having a good start to this season, let’s keep it going until the end and hopefully we can continue in the same way in 2016 as well.”

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