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Simon Mignolet insists tiredness won't be an issue for Liverpool when they go up against Manchester United on Sunday in a game he believes will be a 'huge' personal experience for him.
The Reds were forced to go the distance in Tuesday's Capital One Cup second-round tie with Notts County, requiring extra time to eventually overcome the League One side 4-2 at Anfield.
However, despite playing for two hours, Mignolet is adamant Brendan Rodgers' men will have ample time to recuperate ahead of this weekend's United clash.
"We are professionals and we worked really hard in pre-season to get fit for the start of the season so that won't be an issue," the goalkeeper told the Liverpool Echo.
"Everybody will rest up and we have a number of days before Sunday. There is enough time to recover.
"It will be a huge experience for me against United and I always look forward to these types of games.
"It's going to be a big one and we will try to win the game. We will make sure we're ready for Sunday.
"We have to look at ourselves rather than focus on who we're playing against."
Liverpool raced into a two-goal lead against County thanks to efforts from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
The visitors staged a dramatic second-half fight back in which goals from Yoann Arquin and Adam Coombes forced extra time.
However, Liverpool - down to 10 men following an injury to Kolo Toure - prevailed as Sturridge and Jordan Henderson found the net.
"We're just relieved to have won the tie," Mignolet reflected. "We wanted to get through to the next round and in the end we did that.
"Obviously when you lead 2-0 at half-time you hope that things are going to go a lot more easily for you and that's what happened tonight. That was disappointing and so were the injuries we suffered.
"We made it difficult for ourselves in the second half. I wouldn't say it was complacency but even if you lead 2-0, no matter who the opponent is, the game is not over.
"We tried to score a third goal but that didn't work out and then they got a goal from a set-piece which changed the game.
"We have to learn lessons but we're into the next round and that's the most important thing.
"We want to do well in this competition and maybe further down the road we will look back and take the positives from this game.
"We still have a chance to win the cup. At one stage tonight it didn't look like that would be the case."
Afterwards, Brendan Rodgers admitted the injury sustained by Toure 'didn't look good' after the Ivorian picked up a groin knock.
Nonetheless, while acknowledging it would be a disappointment to lose the services of the 32-year-old, Mignolet is in no doubt Liverpool have more than adequate replacements.
"It would be a big blow to lose Kolo," he said. "We just have to wait and see how bad it is. It's always disappointing to have injuries but then again we have a decent enough squad to deal with that.
"I'm not worried about that. We have players who can step up and replace Kolo if needed."
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