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Simon Mignolet Calls Competition "Good" As Pressure On Him Mounts

Liverpool's starting goalkeeper has chosen to ignore rumors that Joe Hart could come to the club to take his place.

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Simon Mignolet has been under constant pressure since becoming Liverpool's starting goalkeeper in 2013. While some of the early assessments of his performance level were harsh, it's become difficult to defend his inconsistent play over the past year.

He was set to lose his job to new signing Loris Karius before the German shot stopper broke his hand during the pre-season. Through three league games he's allowed six goals, which has not improved his standing with many supporters.

Still, Mignolet insists that he's unfazed by the way many perceive him, even as rumors swirl about the possible addition of Joe Hart pushing him further down the pecking order.

"There is no point looking over my shoulder," he said on Goals On Sunday. "I have to look in the mirror and look at myself. If I keep performing then there is nothing to worry about."

"I think speculation is part of being at a big club like Liverpool. I think every day another player gets linked and that's not going to change, so I'm used to that."

To combat the negativity that often goes along with the transfer window, Mignolet has tried to focus on his own workload.

"I just keep my head down and work hard," he said. "Competition for places is good. You need that throughout the team because you're going to have suspensions and injuries and everybody needs to be able to step up when needed."

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