Liverpool keeper Mignolet had no issues with Sunderland boss Di Canio

LIKES COFFEE: Simon Mignolet
LIKES COFFEE: Simon Mignolet

SIMON MIGNOLET insists he never had any issues with Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland before joining Liverpool during the summer.

Sunderland face their first Premier League outing since Di Canio’s dismissal when the Merseysiders visit the Stadium of Light tomorrow, looking to keep the Black Cats confined to the top flight’s basement (kick-off 4pm).

The nature of Di Canio’s authoritarian reign has been described in detail following his sacking last Sunday, with the Italian banning coffee, music, mobile phones and ketchup from the Academy of Light.

Ultimately, the head coach’s discipline - and more specifically his public criticism of Sunderland’s players - prompted the dressing room rebellion which led to his sacking.

But Mignolet, who played seven games under Di Canio last season prior to joining Liverpool in an £11million move, says he had more interaction with goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo than the deposed Black Cats boss.

“Being a goalkeeper I spent 95 per cent of the time with the goalkeeping coach,” said Mignolet. “And when it came to matchday I had quite a good relationship with him (Di Canio).

“In fact up until now I’ve had quite a good relationship with every manager I’ve played under. Touch wood, we can keep it that way.

“I drink quite a lot of coffee, but when I was there it wasn’t an issue. I got on with my job like I always do.”