Pepe Reina and Simon Mignolet claim they are ready to fight it out for Liverpool’s No 1 spot.

Liverpool hope to complete Mignolet’s £11 million signing from Sunderland this week and the Belgian international is prepared to go head-to-head with Reina.

Reina, who is a target for his old club Barcelona, welcomed Mignolet’s impending arrival and says he intends to continue as Liverpool’s first-choice keeper.

“It has not changed a bit,” said the Spaniard at the Confederations Cup in Brazil. “I have said it many times, I’m very comfortable and very happy at Liverpool.

“Every team needs competitors, and when it’s positive it is more than welcome. If it is finally done, I’ll welcome him a lot and anything he needs, I’m here.”

Brendan Rodgers is understood to have reservations about Reina and Mignolet’s agent Guy Vandermissen says the Sunderland No 1 is not coming to Anfield to sit on the bench.

“I know the qualities of Simon and he can cope with any competition, it is no problem,” said Vandermissen.

“We hope that there can be a deal and he can go to Liverpool.

“If you go from Sunderland to Liverpool it is a big step forward. You have to make decisions at certain times.”

Mignolet believes joining Liverpool would boost his chances of becoming Belgium’s regular goalkeeper and he is undeterred by the Reds failing to make Europe next season.

“When you play Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal every week, this is European football, so what is the problem?” said Vandermissen.