Simon Mignolet leaves Liverpool after six years at the club. But how should we judge his time at Anfield?
Mignolet initially arrived at Liverpool to replace Pepe Reina. Reina, undoubtedly one of the finest goalkeepers Anfield has seen, had a difficult last season and Brendan Rodgers moved him on.
But by the end of his Reds career, Mignolet drew praise for his professionalism more than anything.
“If you were to ask me to write a list of the most standout professionals I’ve worked with in the game – in a career of well over 30 years – Simon Mignolet would be competing for the number one spot,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com after the keeper left.
In all, Mignolet wasn’t one of the best. He had his moments but, unfortunately, many of them were bad.
But you only have to look at what he nearly won to see how fine the line is.
Mignolet’s near misses
Mignolet finished second in his debut season, the unforgettable 13/14, and can count himself unlucky not to have a medal from that. Steven Gerrard’s slip ultimately costing the Reds the race.
The League Cup final in 2016 – lost on penalties after Mignolet saved Manchester City’s first. The 2016 Europa League final defeat certainly wasn’t his fault, either.
He didn’t feature in the 2018 Champions League final – but fans certainly wished he had.
His performances the previous season, in which he forced his way back into the side and helped secure Champions League qualification, were arguably Mignolet at his best.
That was a brilliant few months and the Reds may not have finished 4th without him. For that, we should be grateful.
And so Mignolet leaves Liverpool as a goalkeeper who was never one of the greats and, arguably, never quite good enough.
But one who was a part of some special teams and so, so close to a very successful period at the club.