Liverpool have transformed since Jürgen Klopp took over. There was a lot of work to do as the German went about renovating the squad, securing a top goalkeeper was a priority. With Alisson Becker and Loris Karius’ arrivals, Simon Mignolet left Liverpool for first team football. The Belgian has opened up on his departure.
Liverpool signed Mignolet from Sunderland in 2013, paying The Black Cats £9m for the keeper.
The Belgian had some success as the club’s number one goalie but never quite did enough to be considered the long term option.
Having stepped into the shoes of the iconic Pepe Reina he had a lot to live up to, not an easy feat given leaky defence in front of him.
Loris Karius was the next keeper to have a crack at adding some certainty to the rearguard, he also failed. When Alisson Becker arrived it spelled the end of any future first team hopes for the ex-Sunderland shot stopper.
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The keeper was sold to Club Brugge for £6.4m last summer.
Speaking to Extra Time in Belgium, Mignolet has opened up on his Liverpool exit, saying:
“I didn’t see myself sitting on the Liverpool bench for two years. I could hardly demand the club to be a starter. The Belgium national team also played a part.
“I had the honour to play for the best team in Europe and I’m happy to have won the Champions League with them.
“It’s nice to play an important role on the pitch and be one of the main guys. I want to win trophies, of course, and I always hope to contribute to wins. I’m very happy with my choice and feel like the happiest man in Belgium.”
What RTK has to say
Simon Mignolet will always be welcome at Liverpool. The Belgian was known to be a positive influence in the dressing room even when he was relegated to the bench.
Furthermore he always gave it his all for the shirt. Nobody can accuse him of giving up when we hit some of darker days, had he been blessed with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back in 2013 then maybe things would have gone differently.
He is undoubtedly a top keeper and it is heartwarming to hear that he is enjoying playing football again – he deserves that and he thoroughly deserves his Champions League medal for everything he gave to the club on and off the pitch.
Nice one Si.