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Mignolet not happy being second choice

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is clear that he’s not content with being the backup to Loris Karius and says he will fight for the starting job.

Mignolet, 28, is on his fourth season at Anfield. After being the starter for three seasons, he’s now finding himself in a new position, backing up Loris Karius who was brought in over the summer from Mainz.

“I don’t want to be a No 2, that’s clear. I want to play,” Mignolet said. “I will never give up fighting because that’s not in my character to just give up.

“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.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that Karius is the first choice at the club, but Mignolet is determined to fight for a spot in the starting XI.

“I don’t want to think about that. It’s not in my character,” Mignolet said. “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.

“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.”

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