New Liverpool star speaks of ‘dream’ debut againts Stoke City

Mignolet had an extremely impressive first match for the Reds. Liverpool’s £9m signing Simon Mignolet has spoken of the delight...

Mignolet had an extremely impressive first match for the Reds.

Liverpool’s £9m signing Simon Mignolet has spoken of the delight the goalkeeper had after a ‘dream’ debut against Stoke City in the Premier League.

The Reds won the match 1-0, which was largely thanks to a superb display from the Belgian which included a penalty save against Stoke’s Jonathan Walters.

It couldn’t have gone much better for Mignolet, who had a certain amount of pressure on the 25-year-old’s shoulders after ousting the popular Pepe Reina from the team.

“It was the debut that you dream of. I had hoped to do something like that but you never really think you will. Saving a penalty in the last minute, on your first game for Liverpool…” the ‘keeper was quoted on goal.com.

The Belgium international ensured the Merseyside club won their opening game of the league season for the first time since 2011.

Mignolet impressed once again at Sunderland in 2012/13 and it was this fine form for the relegation candidates – the stopper kept 11 clean-sheets in the league – that earned a big money move to Anfield.

Reina has since been sent out on-loan to Napoli and it’s likely that if the former Black Cats star keeps up this superb form, the Spaniard may never play for the 18-time English champions again.

Many have predicted Liverpool will have a strong season this term with talented manager Brendan Rodgers now settled at the club and new stars such as Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, replacing expensive flops Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.

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