Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he is delighted by the way he has been welcomed to Liverpool Football Club, after making his first appearance on Saturday.
Mignolet completed a big money move from Sunderland to Anfield last month and yesterday kept a clean sheet in the Reds’ 4-0 victory over Preston, becoming the first Belgian to play for the club.
It still remains to be seen whether Mignolet will become Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper, with Pepe Reina yet to return from an extended break following his participation for Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Mignolet started and played most of the pre-season victory at Preston yesterday, with Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling and fellow new signing Iago Aspas getting the goals.
“I’d like to thank all the lads in the dressing room and all the coaching staff for the way they have treated me and the way they have handled me since I arrived,” Mignolet told LFC TV after the game.
“It’s gone pretty quick, but I’ve adapted really well. I’ve been made really welcome – from the very first day, actually. Now I have the tour to look forward to, which is going to be a big experience for me and I am very pleased to be taking part in it.
“Today we played in front of a full crowd. And that always makes it easier to play, especially if you play the way we did in the first half in front of the Kop and in front of our supporters.
“They support you throughout the whole game and it makes it easier for you to play on the pitch. I’m looking forward to the next time.”
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