Simon Mignolet: ‘Friendship and French are the reason for the solid Liverpool defence’
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he burgeoning friendship with Kolo Toure – and the fact that they both speak French as their first language – is behind the Reds’ solid defensive record so far this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have conceded just three goals in the league so far this season – and two of them came in the draw with Swansea.
And it seems a bromance at the heart of the defence is the reason for that.
Belgium international Mignolet told the Liverpool website: “Kolo and I get on really well because I speak French and so does he, and he plays in front of me.
“We have a very good connection at the moment. We speak with each other not only about football, but things outside of the game. I get on with him really well.”
The ex-Sunderland keeper says he feels at home at Anfield, where he reckons supporters love their goalkeepers.
He said: “The first game I played at Anfield as an opposing goalkeeper, my goalkeeping coach told me that I had to salute the fans on the Kop when I arrived.
“It was a special experience the first time I did it. You can feel from stepping onto the pitch that the fans love their goalkeepers and they really appreciate what the goalkeepers do for them.
“I want to do that again and try to connect as much as I can with the Liverpool fans in every single game that we play at Anfield.