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Simon Mignolet to fight for place at Liverpool following signing of Loris Karius

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Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he'll battle it out with new Liverpool signing Loris Karius for the No 1 jersey

Simon Mignolet says he is happy to fight for his place at Liverpool, despite the arrival of new goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Mignolet, who is currently on international duty with Belgium at Euro 2016, was the subject of criticism from a certain section of the Liverpool support last season.

The £4.7m signing of Karius from German side Mainz has led to speculation Mignolet could lose his place as Liverpool's No 1. 

But Mignolet, who only signed a new five-year deal at Anfield in January, is feeling relaxed and has welcomed the added competition for places under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Loris Karius, new Liverpool goalkeeper, Melwood
Image: Karius signed a long-term contract at Anfield

"It's something positive and can only push you on and make you better," the 28-year-old told Sky Sports News HQ.

"Competition for places, you'll always have it at the highest level and it's something that is really good in this team.

"For every place and every position, there's more than enough people who can do the job when needed and that's what you need to have a good team."

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Liverpool will open the 2016/17 Premier League campaign against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and Mignolet is already excited about the prospect of taking on the Gunners.

He added: "I saw it briefly this morning and I am looking forward to it. But first we've got the Euros and then I'll focus on what will come with Liverpool."

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