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Friday 2 December 2016

Much-maligned Mignolet's five-year deal

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2021.

It is understood that the Belgium international's new deal is for five years, which shows significant faith from manager Jurgen Klopp as the Belgian has come in for much criticism for some indifferent displays. Mignolet recorded more Premier League clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in 2015 and though his errors have brought him the wrong sort of headlines, that has not affected Klopp's view.

"I'm very pleased that I can be at Anfield and a part of Liverpool for a long future. I'm happy to commit my future to LFC," Mignolet, 27, said.

"I know signing a new contract comes with new responsibility.

"I'll 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."

Liverpool are still being linked with a move for Ireland star Shane Long, but could now instead make a bid for for former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez.

Reports in Mexico suggest Klopp has targeted the German-based Hernandez. However, with a Champions League last 16 battle against Sporting Lisbon on the way next month, Bayer Leverkusen are unlikely to sell the Mexican, who is the fourth-top scorer in the Bundesliga this season, but a large bid from Anfield could force Leverkusen to at least consider a deal.

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