Sharpen your reaction speed

Want to make that spectacular reflex save? Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet can help

“When I was younger, my goalkeeper coach would stand on the edge of the penalty box with a tennis racquet and whack tennis balls at the goal.

He would hit shots at speeds that would force me to move quickly and trust my reactions.

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Sometimes when I train now, I use dodgy, misshapen footballs instead of perfectly round ones, because they bounce awkwardly – again to help with my reactions and reflexes. 

I also put cones out in front of my goal, so when shots are fired in, the ball hits a cone and changes direction.”

Mignolet wears Sells gloves. For more info visit

For goalkeeping tips see:
Victor Valdes' guide to handling
Victor Valdes' guide to shot-stopping
Victor Valdes' guide to winning one-on-ones
Victor Valdes' guide to collecting crosses
Victor Valdes' guide to distribution

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