Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has predicted a hard-fought competition to be the Reds’ number one goalkeeper and admits he knows little about some of the club’s summer signings.
The Reds completed the signing of Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland last night, becoming the fourth player to be added to Brendan Rodgers’ squad this summer after Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.
Gerrard, currently doing promotional charity work in Portugual before returning to Merseyside next week, says he predicts a good fight from Reina to keep his place in the Liverpool first team.
“I think who becomes the Liverpool No.1 is going to be Brendan Rodgers’ decision,” Gerrard is quoted on Sky Sports as saying.
“I think he has gone on the record and said he wants to keep Pepe Reina who is a world class goalie and Mignolet had a fantastic season as well so competition for places is going to be really healthy.
“It is going to be an interesting one, we are going to have to keep our eye on it.
“I know Pepe won’t give up the No.1 one without a fight. I have experienced him in top, top form and I think on his day he’s in the top five keepers in the world so it’s going to be an interesting one to keep the eye on.”
The 33-year-old skipper earlier revealed that he is doing well with his recovery from shoulder surgery, as he enters his final stage of rehabilitation.
Gerrard added that he is relishing the opportunity to play with Liverpool’s new signings, but admitted he has little previous knowledge of them.
“I know very little about them, but I have got a lot belief and confidence in Brendan and the scouting department that they are going to make the right decisions and I have seen bits and bobs of new signings we have made.
“I am really looking forward to getting back to work next week and seeing what the new players have got to offer and see if they can help strengthen our squad to put in a better fight for a top four finish.”