Loris Karius has been targeted by Liverpool

By Tom Blackburn

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has welcomed the competition for the No1 jersey following the signing of Loris Karius.

Karius arrived from Mainz last month for a reported £4.7million, with the former Germany under-21 signing a contract until 2021.

Mignolet is convinced that Karius will challenge him for the top spot and he will be fighting for his place next season.

“It’s something positive, it can only push you on and can only make you better,” Mignolet said, as quoted by  The Express. “Competition for places you will always have at the highest level.

“For every place and every position there are enough people who can do the job when needed and that’s what you need to have a good team.”

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Mignolet has been the established Liverpool goalkeeper since joining from Sunderland in 2013 and instantly replacing Pepe Reina, who was sent out on loan to Napoli.

Mignolet has five years left on his contract after signing a new deal in the January window but his position is likely to become under the greatest pressure since he move to Anfield.

Karius, who signed for Mainz in 2012 from Manchester City, played 34 times in the Bundesliga in 2015-16, conceding 42 times as the Germans secured an impressive sixth place finish.

Mignolet is currently at Euro 2016 with Belgium.

In other Liverpool news, their bid for a 27-goal striker has been rejected, but they have been informed of his release clause.