Pressure? War in Iraq is pressure, not football, says under-fire Mignolet
Simon Mignolet might be under fire from his critics, but at least the Liverpool goalkeeper isn't being peppered by a hail of gunfire.
Several media reports have suggested that the Reds are closing on the signature of former Barcelona custodian Victor Valdes to rival Mignolet for the No. 1 spot at Anfield.
Despite being criticised by several outlets - including retired Liverpool great Jamie Carragher - for his poor performances in the English Premier League where he has conceded nine goals in six games, the 26-year-old isn't worried by his detractors or the Valdes talk.
He dismissed pressure in football as nothing compared to what a soldier experiences in war - particularly, in Iraq.
War is pressure
The Belgian said: "Pressure is what is happening in Iraq at the moment when there is a war. That is pressure.
"We are all football players and we are here to do our best. You want to work hard in training and we will see what happens at a weekend.
"I can only do my best, work hard, be positive and confident and I believe in myself. That is the only thing I can do.
"If I have to look into all the people and players who are linked with Liverpool football club then there will be another team on the pitch. It is just the fact that you play for a big club and you have to accept that is the way it is, but I don't read anything into that."
If that sounded a wee bit familiar, that's because it seems like Mignolet took a page out of Jose Mourinho's handbook about dealing with pressure...