While the majority of Liverpool fans were pleased about Loris Karius’ loan move to Besiktas, with a change of scenery surely being beneficial for his career, one man who isn’t best pleased is Liverpool’s other reserve keeper Simon Mignolet.
Mignolet, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield all summer, is now set to stay at Liverpool as the number two for the foreseeable future and according to an interview with Belgian publication Het Laatste Nieuws, Mignolet doesn’t understand why he’s being forced to stay at the club when there have been offers for his services.
“Karius’ transfer changed nothing for me” Mignolet said.
“I’ve always been clear: I want to play. Whether I’m No.2 or No.3 doesn’t matter. Playing time is the most important thing.”
“I haven’t been told anything since Loris left. I don’t know what my future with Liverpool looks like. We shall see what happens this week.”
“I find it strange that Karius was loaned out, while I also had options for a loan. But for some reason that wasn’t possible.”
“A keeper who was made first choice ahead of me last year gets to leave on loan. Strange.”
The Belgian, who hasn’t appeared for the Reds since the 3-1 loss to West Brom in the FA Cup back in January, is clearly keen to be playing regularly and doesn’t intend to be on the bench for the entirety of the season as Alisson’s back-up.
He reportedly had a £12.5m price tag earlier in the season and despite interest from Napoli, Fulham and Besiktas (who instead moved for Karius), no one was willing to pay the fee and Klopp wasn’t keen on sanctioning a loan deal.
While he has been impressed with the development of 19-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, who is now regarded as third in the pecking order at Anfield, the manager is unwilling to let go of both Karius and Mignolet in the same window and according to Paul Joyce, he believes Mignolet’s professionalism will mean he’ll stay at Liverpool until the situation is re-evaluated in January.