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Liverpool put their faith in Mignolet by handing him new 5-year deal

The Belgian goalkeeper has been backed by the club despite coming in for criticism during his time with the Reds.

Image: Twitter/LFC

LIVERPOOL GOALKEEPER SIMON Mignolet has been given a long-term contract extension by the club.

The 27-year-old Belgian international, a £9 million signing from Sunderland back in 2013, has played 122 times for the Reds and kept 15 clean sheets in 2015 — more than any other Premier League goalkeeper.

However, Mignolet has also been at fault with a number of high-profile errors during his time at Anfield and recent reports suggested manager Jurgen Klopp was in the market for a new number one.

But today it was announced that he has been signed up until 2021.

“I’m very pleased that I can be at Anfield and a part of Liverpool for a long future. I’m happy to commit my future to LFC,” Mignolet told the club’s website.

“I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility. I’m getting older as well and coming into the years where people would say those are the years a ‘keeper is at his best.

“I know with a long-term contract, you get more responsibility – and I want to take up that role because I’m the sort of character that wants to be a leader, wants to speak in the dressing room and wants to help the defence.

I’ll try to work hard together with the goalkeeping coach and staff here, who are behind me and have given their confidence with a new contract.

“I would like to thank them for that – but you can’t really do that with words, you have to do that with performances on the pitch. And that’s what I’ll try to show.”

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