When Alisson Becker arrived at Liverpool it was like a breath of fresh air. Not since the prime years of Pepe Reina had Kopites had the reassurance of a world class, golden glove winning goalkeeper between the sticks. Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both had stints in the Liverpool net but neither had great success and neither are at the club anymore. Alisson Becker has opened up about his relationship with Simon Mignolet.
Belgian shot stopper Mignolet arrived at Anfield in 2013 after the Reds paid Sunderland £9m for his services. He played 204 times for Liverpool before returning to his native Belgium in 2019 when Club Brugge agreed a £6.4m fee.
In his final season at Anfield, the former Sunderland keeper played second fiddle to Alisson, with the Brazilian having a world beating debut season for Liverpool.
The Reds’ Brazilian keeper addressed the media ahead of the side’s visit from Genk in the Champions League on Tuesday. The gathering was broadcast live on the club’s official YouTube channel. When asked about his former deputy, Alisson told the press: “He is a great guy who helps me a lot. He is a great goalkeeper and shows professionalism…he was important for what we achieved. He helped with leadership in the dressing room.”
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It is no surprise that Alisson only has good things to say about Mignolet. They are both members of the goalkeeper’s union after all. Furthermore, Jürgen Klopp has instilled a strong sense of unity in his squad, there are no first choices, just the team that is right for each game.
Despite Alisson being an irrefutable first choice since his arrival, Simon Mignolet was known to be a strong figure in the dressing room and it was part of the thinking behind keeping him at the club when it was obvious he was too good for the little game time he would be getting. The Reds lost a big personality when the Belgian left and we can only wish him the best as a result.