Ex-Sunderland keeper Mignolet delighted at Liverpool debut

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FORMER Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was delighted after he enjoying a “dream” Liverpool debut

The Belgian stopper, who left Sunderland in a £11million summer move, saved a late penalty from Stoke’s Jonathan Walters to earn a 1-0 win for Liverpool on Saturday.

After something of a shaky start in the opening game of the Premier League season, Mignolet was soon back to the form that made him Sunderland’s Player of the Season last year, diving low to his right to deny Walters and keeping out ex-Black Cats striker Kenwyne Jones on the rebound.

“It was the debut that you dream of,” said the 25-year-old.

“I had hoped to do something like that but you never really think that you will.

“Saving a penalty in the last minute on your first game for Liverpool, I’m really pleased but the main objective is that we kept a clean sheet and got three points. We want to do that next week.

“It can have a damaging effect if you play well and don’t win. We can now go to the next game being relaxed that we can do the same things we have done, rather than feeling anxious that we have to win.”