Simon Mignolet’s agent, Nico Vaesen, has reiterated that the goalkeeper is desperate to leave Liverpool when the transfer window opens in January, even though the likelihood is slim, in an exclusive interview with ESPN.
“We have to be realistic”, Vaesen stated.
“There are not many good possible transfers in January, especially not for a goalkeeper.
“Circumstances have to be right for everybody. If something is to happen in January, it will be very difficult to do something. If Simon goes or could go in January, Liverpool have to look for a replacement as well.
“So I understand from a club’s point of view that it’s not easy to do. In that respect, we know each other’s problems. We’ll see how and when we can solve them.”
Mignolet has been reduced to second choice at Anfield ever since being dropped for Loris Karius midway through last season; Karius’ loan spell to Besiktas didn’t help matters for Mignolet and with Klopp deciding to splash £65m on Alisson, playing time has been very hard to come by for the Belgian.
Rumours of a move to Nice were mooted, yet Vaesen has dismissed this as merely “paper talk”, even though it is still evident Mignolet is keen to depart in search of a starting role.
However, Vaesen did echo Mignolet’s professionalism that’s been prevalent throughout the situation: “The fact of the matter is that Simon is today a Liverpool FC player. There’s no hard feelings whatsoever. Liverpool, they like Simon. And Simon likes Liverpool. The only thing is Simon is a professional football player and a professional football player wants to play.
Although Mignolet and his agent are hopeful of additional playing time from now until the end of the season, with Alisson’s undisputed number one status, this seems unlikely. Having only made 2 appearances in all competitions since January, the writing is clearly on the wall for the 30-year-old.
A top professional whose tenure at Anfield has been marred by a series of errors, Mignolet will surely receive well wishes from Liverpool fans when he departs; never quite good enough to be a Liverpool standard keeper, but has the potential to thrive elsewhere.