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Mignolet Hoping for Liverpool to Complete Benteke Transfer

With rumors growing about a move for Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, Liverpool's current number one has underlined his hopes that a deal can be completed for his international teammate.

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It was a season of significant change for Simon Mignolet at Liverpool--the Belgian goalkeeper went from unquestioned number one to benched in a span of just a few months, slipping down the pecking order in favor of Brad Jones after a string of high-profile errors and lapses in confidence. After regaining the number one spot due to Jones' injury, Mignolet recovered remarkably, proving to be one of Liverpool's players of the second half of the season, and getting himself in the running for the league's Golden Gloves award in the process.

On the strength of his performances in the season's final few months, Mignolet's spot at the club seems secure, even as they look to bring in another goalkeeper this summer as they say goodbye to Jones. Now in training with the national team ahead of matches against France and Wales, Mignolet reflected on what proved to be an up and down campaign at Liverpool, as well as his hopes of welcoming another international teammate to Anfield in the near future:

"I'm going to talk with Benteke about the Liverpool rumours. It would be fine to have three Belgians at the club."

That sentiment isn't necessarily shared by too many other than Mignolet, who see Benteke as something of an odd fit for the type of football Liverpool supposedly want to play. As discussed previously, it has very little to do with Benteke's quality, which is evident for all to see in a system that plays to his strengths. That doesn't seem to be Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, however, and to meet a buyout clause north of £30m on a player that's a dubious fit at best does not inspire much hope.

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