Simon Mignolet formerly of Liverpool(Image: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Mignolet backs Liverpool to emulate Man United's glory years

Liverpool are just six wins away from becoming Premier League champions for the first time


Simon Mignolet backs Liverpool to match Manchester United's Premier League dominance

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes his old club has what it takes to emulate Manchester United and dominate the Premier League for years to come.

The Reds are just six wins away from becoming Premier League champions for the first time, and are still yet to taste defeat in the league this season.

And Mignolet believes there is no reason why the Anfield club can’t match what their arch rivals did in the 1990s and dominate England’s top-flight for a prolonged period of time.

“Why not?” the Belgium told the Mirror when asked if Liverpool could emulate United.

“They're still a relatively young team. It started when I was still there and was only heading in one direction.

“Last season we won the Champions League and winning that first trophy was very important for the dressing-room.

“Once you have that in the bag, you build on it. The hunger is even greater to win trophies and you want to get your hands on the next one.

“The stability is there and, if you've got so much quality up front, with Sadio, Mo and Roberto, then you're incredibly strong.

“They are still a relatively young team, and you also see what the reserves did in the FA Cup, so the basis is there to build for the long-term.

“I knew Liverpool would be challenging for trophies again, but what they're doing this season is unbelievable and I hope they can win the league as quickly as possible.”
Simon Mignolet of Liverpool lifting the Champions League trophy(Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

While the former Sunderland man has also opened up on his exit from Anfield in the summer. Mignolet brought an end to his six year stay on Merseyside in August, admitting he had to leave in order to secure regular first team football.

“I sat on the bench for about a year-and-a-half,” he said. “At 31, you're in the prime of your career as a goalkeeper, so you want to be playing regularly.

“If I was going to sit on the bench for two more years, I would have been 33. Alisson is such a great keeper, even though I knew he might get injured or suspended.

“So maybe I'd play five, 10, 15 games a year, but to then try to find a club at 33 and be a regular starter is difficult, so I took the chance to do it now.

“Although I was very happy to end my time at Liverpool by winning the Champions League, you always want to have more of a bigger hand in winning trophies.

“It's so much nicer to feel a victory when you've been on the pitch, when you're contributing on a weekly basis, which is what I do now.”