Simon Mignolet may have already played his last game in a Liverpool shirt – with Loris Karius set to retain the number one shirt for the remainder of the season. With Liverpool crashing out of both the League Cup and FA Cup, Mignolet has been left short of first-team opportunities and will likely be saying his goodbyes come May. The last time Mignolet featured for the Reds was a 3-2 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup.
With Liverpool progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League and Top Four very much still in contention – Jurgen Klopp has put his faith in Karius indefinitely. This will give Klopp the time to assess the German keeper ahead of the summer transfer window, which will ultimately decide the calibre of goalkeeper that Liverpool will pursue.
In recent matches, Karius has looked like a man with a huge weight off his shoulders – making crucial saves, comfortable at claiming crosses and accurate with his distribution. Given the ending of any uncertainty surrounding the number one spot, Karius has come into his element and is finally replicating the form he showed at Mainz. At just 24 years of age, he has bags of potential and first-team experience may mould him into a truly world class keeper.
However, Liverpool will still assess their options, with Roma keeper Alisson Becker being monitored as well as Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak. Klopp has shown he is willing to splash out on defensive options, as shown by the £75m spent on Virgil Van Dijk in the January window.
Mignolet has already previously voiced his displeasure at the lack of game-time given to him by the manager back in January, concerned that it may damage his World Cup chances. “After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation.” said Mignolet, as quoted by Sky Sports, “I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper.
“My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect the decision. I have to think about my future and the World Cup is coming. This situation should not last too long, that is clear. But I cannot say more about it either.” While a January move did not happen for the Belgian, the summer will likely spell the end of his five-year tenure at Anfield.