Simon Mignolet: 'Liverpool can cope with European demands'

A delighted Simon Mignolet after the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool on April 16, 2017
© SilverHub
Simon Mignolet insists that Liverpool can challenge both domestically and in Europe next season if they qualify for the Champions League.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has insisted that his side will adapt to playing European football next season should they qualify for the Champions League.

The Reds head into Sunday's final-day showdown with Middlesbrough at Anfield knowing that victory will guarantee them a top-four finish for just the second time in eight years.

Mignolet concedes that Liverpool will not be as fresh if they are also competing in UEFA's showpiece competition, but does not believe his side should therefore be automatically ruled out of the Premier League title race.

"The Premier League is obviously a tough league and you need the energy to play week in, week out, but I think we have the squad to do that, so it doesn't mean that if you're in the Champions League you can't fight for the Premier League title," he told Sky Sports News. "Those two things can be combined.

"It's clear that it helps if you don't play in Europe, and you can focus yourself week in, week out, on the Premier League, freshen players up and play with the same squad every week. If you see how Leicester played last year, they played nearly every game with the same team. I think Chelsea are one of the sides with the least changes.

"These things obviously help, it's a demanding league, and everyone wants to play in it. But it is important because I think Liverpool's history shows they are fighting in the top of the Premier League and in Europe. We've got the chance of getting in the Champions League, and everybody is very hungry for this in the dressing room. Everybody wants to fight at the top stage."

Mignolet has wrested back his number-one spot this season after being dropped in favour of Loris Karius at one stage, featuring 27 times so far in the league.

England's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts after England lost 1-2 to Iceland in the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between England and Iceland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 27, 2016
Read Next:
Klopp not interested in signing Hart
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CChelsea38303585335293
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs38268486266086
3Manchester CityMan City38239680394178
4Liverpool382210678423676
5Arsenal38236977443375
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd381815554292569
7Everton3817101162441861
8Southampton381210164148-746
9Bournemouth381210165567-1246
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38129174351-845
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham38129174764-1745
12Leicester CityLeicester38128184863-1544
13Stoke CityStoke381111164156-1544
14Crystal Palace38125215063-1341
15Swansea CitySwansea38125214570-2541
16Burnley38117203955-1640
17Watford38117204068-2840
RHull City3897223780-4334
RMiddlesbrough38513202753-2628
RSunderland3866262969-4024
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand