Simon Mignolet signs new five-year deal at Liverpool

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Simon Mignolet will be Liverpool’s goalkeeper for the next five years, as the Belgian international signed a new extension with the Reds on Monday.

He has made 122 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club from Sunderland in 2013, missing just three league matches during that time.

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Mignolet kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League in the calendar year of 2015, yet he is often criticized for his play and many thought he was not the right goalkeeper for Liverpool moving forward.

Now 27-years-old, Mignolet said he hopes to come into his prime over the next few years at Anfield.

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 defense.

A few mistakes this season had seen the goalkeeper come under fire, but Jurgen Klopp has consistently backed Mignolet, who is now under contract at Liverpool through the 2020-21 season.