Currently Belgium’s second-choice goalkeeper behind Thibaut Courtois in the eyes of national coach Marc Wilmots, Simon Mignolet is a useful back-up option should the need arise.
A native of Saint-Truiden, the commanding custodian made his professional debut for his home-town team in 2005 at the age of 17. Five fruitful years later, with the Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year award tucked under his belt, he crossed the English Channel to try his luck at Sunderland.
The three seasons that he spent in the north-east of England only served to confirm his shot-stopping skills, which had already seen him represent Belgium in various youth categories. On 25 March 2011, he was handed his first senior cap against Austria, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory.
In 2013, the athletic Belgian took his career onto a new level by signing for Liverpool. Mignolet, who speaks five languages and holds a degree in political science, finished off the calendar year with 141 saves to his name, more than any other Premier League keeper.