Despite having a very positive season for Liverpool, Simon Mignolet’s place at Liverpool is reportedly under threat and the Belgian cites this as an occupational hazard.
Last week, reports emerged linking Liverpool with the signature of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The Spaniard has spent the last couple years at FC Porto in Portugal but some believe he could make a switch to England to join Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp.
Simon Mignolet’s form at Liverpool this season has been massively improved from what the Anfield faithful has become used to from him. In the last six games of the season, Liverpool kept five clean sheets and the Belgian shot-stopper was instrumental in this being possible.
There were two moments during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Stoke City that Mignolet made two miraculous saves from point-blank range. Although Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were billed as the heroes that day, Mignolet more than played his role in taking the three points back to Merseyside.
Yet, despite Mignolet’s impressive form, the links with Casillas have crept up and the Belgian says he has become used to it as Liverpool’s no.1.
In an interview with The Liverpool ECHO, Mignolet said, “As a goalkeeper, you are on your own and even now, after a solid season, the rumours are starting again with Casillas.
“I’m 29 now. I know what happens when you are the Liverpool goalkeeper. Whether you have good performances, sh*t performances, the scrutiny is always there. Always.“
Mignolet’s career with Liverpool has been hot and cold, to say the least. His debut was against Stoke City in 2013 and he was the hero on the day as he saved a penalty to ensure that Daniel Sturridge’s first-half strike was decisive and allowed Liverpool to begin the season in a postive manner.
Although his career began well, Mignolet’s nervy demeanour led to mistakes later that season, with an odd spill against Manchester City allowing Alvaro Negredo’s effort in over the line.
Mignolet will be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper next season after a very positive end to the 2016/17 season. The ECHO’s James Pearce ruled out a move for Casillas or any other ‘keeper for that matter.
With Loris Karius still waiting in the wings and Danny Ward possibly returning from a massively impressive loan spell with Huddersfield Town after helping the Terriers to Premier League promotion, Klopp has plenty of options in the goalkeeping department.