Liverpool's Simon Mignolet scents Europa League success
By Jefferson Lake
Last Updated: 16/05/16 9:28pm
Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool's strong run to the Europa League final can give them the edge over opponents Sevilla in Basel on Wednesday.
Victory over the Spaniards will qualify Liverpool for next season's Champions League and goalkeeper Mignolet says they are full of confidence after their performances in earlier rounds.
"We've knocked out three teams - Manchester United, Dortmund and Villareal - who will probably be playing in the Champions League next season," he said.
"So that shows how big the competition was this year. We've got a good chance of winning the final and we're confident we can win it.
"Jurgen Klopp has pushed us in every game because he knows how important this competition is and it is an exciting competition to play in."
Mignolet has no desire to be Liverpool's hero in the Europa League final despite earning praise from former Reds goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.
Dudek starred in the famous Champions League final win over AC Milan in 2005 where, after coming back from 3-0 down, Liverpool won on penalties.
The former Poland international, who replicated Bruce Grobbelaar's 'spaghetti legs' for the penalties, stopped efforts from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko having also denied the Ukrainian with a memorable double-save in extra time.
Mignolet said: "I know Dudek spoke well about me. I want to thank him for that as he was one of my heroes when I was younger because of what he did in that Champions League final.
"One thing I'd like to make clear is that I don't want to be a hero in the final, I don't think it's important for any individual to do that."