Simon Mignolet will feature heavily during pre-season this month as Liverpool face a worrying shortage of options between the sticks.
The Echo reports that with Caoimhin Kelleher recovering from surgery on a broken wrist, Kamil Grabara enjoying an extended holiday due to his involvement at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship and Alisson’s victorious role in Brazil’s Copa America tournament, Klopp has limited options this summer.
Liverpool kick off their pre-season fixture list with a short trip to Tranmere’s Prenton Park and despite not yet reporting to Melwood, Mignolet is set to be involved tomorrow evening.
Given that it’s just pre-season and against opposition that are unlikely to offer much in the way of an intense challenge, Mignolet won’t be at risk of injury or overexertion.
The Belgian seems set to remain at the club this season as Liverpool are yet to receive any offers for his signature.
If he does stay it would be the best possible outcome for the club as it would mean that Jurgen Klopp can hold onto the best no.2 in the Premier League and an influential member of the dressing room.
Despite making just 20 appearances over the last two years, Mignolet has not complained or spoken badly about Klopp and his coaching staff and has been praised several times by the likes of James Milner for his professionalism.
He might not be the one making the crucial saves in Champions League ties or providing a cool head between the sticks but the way he shows constant support for Alisson, his rival in a sense, is world class and deserving of huge praise.
There’s a chance the 31-year-old could start the first Premier League game of the season if Alisson returns to pre-season too late but that might not be necessary given that goalkeepers typically don’t need their fitness levels to be as high as outfield players.