Simon Mignolet does not want to be Liverpool’s second choice goalkeeper and has vowed to fight for his place in the starting team.
Mignolet has been displaced as Jurgen Klopp’s number one in recent weeks with the German naming Loris Karius as his first choice goalkeeper.
The Belgian international returned to the starting line-up for the EFL Cup fourth round win over Tottenham, his first appearance since September 16, and he wants to challenge Karius for the number one jersey.
“I don’t want to be a No 2, that’s clear. I want to play. I will never give up fighting because that’s not in my character to just give up,” he said.
“Secondly, because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week-in, week-out.
“So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. So hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.”
Klopp has praised the way in which Mignolet has accepted the situation but he is not ready to give up on his position and is determined to do everything he can to convince the manager he should start ahead of Karius.
“I don’t want to think about that. It’s not in my character. I will always support the team and the club. Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I am happy with my performance against Tottenham,” he added.
“I will keep fighting to get my place back … to be honest, the only thing I can do is work hard, keep my head down.”