Report: Liverpool first-teamer Simon Mignolet in advanced talks over a new contract

Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet is set to pen a new deal at the club.

According to a report in the Daily Star, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is at an advanced stage on contract talks and is all set to sign a new deal at the club.

The Belgium international joined the club from fellow Premier League side Sunderland, a deal which well received from the Liverpool supporters at the time.

However, a dip in form early last season left many observers and pundits alike questioning his ability and speculation has often been rife over his long-term future at the club.

But boss Jurgen Klopp has been quick to dispel any talk of replacements or a potential exit, and fresh reports state that he is on the verge of extending his current deal at the club.

“Talks over a new deal are at an advanced stage with Klopp having been quick to boot out speculation he is hell-bent on replacing him as the Kop's No.1,” the report in the Daily Star states.

The 27-year-old has been heavily backed by his boss both in the media and in private discussions, and Mignolet says his public vote of confidence was a welcome boost and nice to hear.

"I knew it already as he had spoken with me. But there's a ­difference between him ­saying it just to you and saying it to the outside world. It gives you a lot of ­confidence and it's nice to hear,” the Belgian was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

Mignolet has featured in all 15 Premier League matches so far this season, conceding 17 goals with five clean sheets in the process.

It’s not his shot-stopping or reflexes which has often come into question, yet more his ability to dominate his area when crosses come in and his organisation of the defence.

Being 27, he still has his best years ahead of him and Klopp clearly feels seeking a replacement better than the Belgian would not be worth the potentially big transfer fee.

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