Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet came back to haunt Manchester United following the Red Devils’ 1-1 stalemate to Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday night prompting a response from Reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
Mignolet, 31, ended his six-year stay on Merseyside after returning to Belgium for a fee of 7m euros (£6.4m) [BBC Sport]. The former Sunderland shot-stopper made 204 appearances for Liverpool but was usurped as the club’s No.1 following the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma.
Since his departure, Mignolet has seen a return to regular first-team football having become an ever-present figure for his new club-side. So far in 2019/20, he has played in every game except for one in the first round of the domestic cup.
Already, the Belgium international has clocked up 39 appearances for Brugge since his arrival last summer. Mignolet has an impressive 19 clean sheets in that period and produced an assured performance to keep former rivals Untied at bay last night.
Mignolet adhered himself yet again amongst the Anfield fan base after he became the second Reds figure to register an assist against Ole Gunnar Soskjaer’s team this season after the Champions League-winning goalkeeper found picked out Emmanuel Dennis to open the scoring.
It was another route one goal that exposed United’s defensive shortcomings similarly to when Alisson Becker found Mohamed Salah who ran from inside his own half to blitz towards David de Gea’s goal brushing aside Daniel James with aplomb before converting the goal that forced Kopites into a rendition of ‘we’re gonna win the league’.
Unsurprisingly, supporters were delighted for their former hero and took to Twitter to congratulate Mignolet for his showpiece of brilliance against Liverpool’s fierce rivals.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Reds fan base as well as Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg on the former Anfield No.1.
— John Achterberg (@1JohnAchterberg) February 20, 2020
Must have learned this while training with Alisson 😁
— Andy Harris (@A_Harrisimo) February 20, 2020
Training with Alisson paid off it seems 😁
— Vesko Trajković (@VeskoTrajkovic) February 20, 2020
Mignolet assist 😂 hold me 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/YYhQPn8GV0
— paddy (@LFCPaddy) February 20, 2020
Alisson Becker and Simon Mignolet both have assist vs. Manchester United this season. #lfc
— lfcnumbers (@lfcnumbers) February 20, 2020
Mignolet assist pic.twitter.com/U8kRsW9fbx
— ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@LFC_Karan) February 20, 2020