Date: 30th September 2014 at 10:48am
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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he is not concerned about his Liverpool future, reports the Guardian.

The Belgian has come in for some criticism this season, having conceded nine goals in the Reds opening six Premier League matches, and another three in the cup competitions.

Mignolet also conceded 50 Premier League goals in his first season at Liverpool, as the Reds narrowly missed out on the title.

Reports have consistently linked with Reds with a move for former Barcelona goalkeeper and free agent Victor Valdes, but Mignolet insists he is not phased by the speculation, and has shrugged off any suggestions he is feeling the pressure.

“Well, the only pressure is what you put yourself under. What is pressure? Pressure is what is happening in Iraq at the moment when there is a war. That is pressure,” he said.

“We are all football players and we are here to do our best. You want to work hard in training and we will see what happens at a weekend. I can only do my best, work hard, be positive and confident and I believe in myself. That is the only thing I can do.”

Asked whether the rumours concerning Victor Valdes has affected his performances, the Belgian responded: “If I have to look into all the people and players who are linked with Liverpool, then there will be another team on the pitch. Every week there would be a different 11 playing.

“So it is just the fact that you play for a big club and you have to accept that is the way it is but I don’t read anything into that. I am here to play my game and to do my best every week, I can only work hard in training, be positive and make sure I play well at the weekend.

“As a goalkeeper you are always very dependent on the whole team. If you concede one or two goals, you always say you could have done this or that better at that moment in time. There will always be things like that.

“I accept it, try to learn from it and hopefully it doesn’t happen again in the future. I always move on to the next game and ensure I approach it in a positive mindset. I have to be ready when called upon.”

Mignolet is set to start in goal when the Reds take on FC Basel in their second Champions League group game tomorrow evening, where they know a win will see them take a big step towards qualification to the last 16.

“It is another big game to look forward to,” Mignolet said.

“We are disappointed to only get one point against Everton because I felt we deserved all three and a clean sheet. On Wednesday we hope to get a second victory in the Champions League because that would give us a good chance and a good perspective for the rest of the group.

“It is something positive if you have another game to look forward to.”


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