Photo Proof: 5-Year Contract Done as Star Declares “I am Very Pleased That I Can Be Part of Liverpool”

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet has agreed to a new five-year contract at Anfiled running to the end of the 2020-21 season.

It is reported that Liverpool handed the 27-year-old goalkeeper a contract extension in a strong vote of confidence by the Premier League club.

Showing his gratitude to the club through the club’s website, the Belgian international said: “I am the sort of character that wants to be a leader, wants to speak in the dressing room and help the defense.

“I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility. I am getting older as well and coming into the years where people would say those are the years a goalkeeper is at his best. I will try to work hard together with the goalkeeping coach and staff here, who are behind me and have given their confidence with a new contract.

“I would like to thank them for that but you can’t really do that with words, you have to do that with performances on the pitch. That is what I will try to show.”

I am very pleased that I can be at Anfield and a part of Liverpool for a long future,” he added.

Mignolet joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 for £9 million and played in 122 games for the Anfiled club.

The 27-year-old shot-stopper earned himself a name in the Premier League by recording 15 clean sheets in 2015, which was a best record than any other Premier League goal keeper.

Although he had come under pressure after some high-profile mistake ant the start of the season, the Belgian international has managed to come back to his original form which has earned him a great support from Reds manager Jürgen Klopp.

Mignolet now has a new deputy 22-year-old Danny Ward, who was recalled from a loan spell at Aberdeen after Adam Bogdan proved error-prone.

The Reds are now ninth in the Premier League after Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat by Premier League rivals Manchester United.