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Mignolet pleased with dream Anfield debut

Simon Mignolet makes a crucial penalty save Photo: PA Images

Simon Mignolet was delighted with the penalty save and clean sheet that added up to a dream Liverpool debut as the Reds began their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win against Stoke.

The hosts had dominated throughout but had only Daniel Sturridge's goal to show for their efforts when Daniel Agger handled former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam's free-kick three minutes from time.

Jonathan Walters fired low to Mignolet's right but the Belgium international reached that and substitute Kenwyne Jones' follow-up to get his Liverpool career off to the best possible start following a #9million move from Sunderland.

Mignolet told BT Sports 1: "You always pick the corner to go to and today I picked the right one.

"I kept a clean sheet which is the important thing. Today it worked, I am really pleased with it.

"We didn't manage to get a second goal but we deserved to win."