Belfast Telegraph

New Reds duo keen to make impact

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Kolo Toure insist they have not signed for Liverpool to make up the numbers and intend to challenge the established order.

The pair are two of Brendan Rodgers' four summer signings but more is expected of them than Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto. Mignolet has the challenge of displacing Jose Reina, the long-time first choice, even if the suspicion remains he has been brought in as a replacement for the Spain international.

Mignolet said: "Everywhere you go, especially when you go to a bigger club, there's always going to be a fight for places and definitely when you're a goalkeeper because only one can play. But it's a challenge. It can only make you better and make you stronger in the end."

He added: "I can just do my best, train as well as I can, and in the games that I get a chance I will show what I'm worth.

"I'm not here to be sitting and resting. I'm here to come and progress, and play."

Toure's situation is slightly different in that he was released by Manchester City after a couple of years when he struggled to hold down a first-team place.

He intends to make up for that frustration with a new lease of life at Anfield.

"I wanted to join Liverpool because of course I want to play more games," he said.

"At City in the last two years, I haven't played a lot of games. Being there four years, two were very good and the last two years were much more difficult.

"The competition is tough, there are some good defenders here, we all need to fight for our place - I'm willing to do that."

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