Simon Mignolet is one of those Liverpool players who rarely receives praise for good performances due to his past misdemeanors, but this term, the Belgian has done well.
As a team we’ve conceded seven goals in four Premier League matches so far, but none have been visibly Mignolet’s fault. Against Leicester yesterday, he pulled off an excellent save with the score at 2-1, right before we scored our third. If Jamie Vardy’s second effort had gone in, we’d have been at 2-2 and in a very unstable position.
However, Loris Karius is now back fit, and if it wasn’t for his injury picked up over the summer, he would have been likely starting the season between the sticks…
The young German sat on the bench for the Leicester win, and now Jurgen Klopp has the difficult decision to make about who to go with long-term.
“I knew when we signed Karius that we now have two really strong goalkeepers. That was the plan but unfortunately Loris broke the bone in his hand which is not too cool for a goalkeeper,” Klopp told the Echo.
“But he is now back. There is no pressure or something; that is the challenge and competition. In the end I want us all to be best friends, even when our best friends play in the same position.
“That’s how it is, that’s football, it’s about performing. And we all have this pressure. I’m happy that Loris is back. He is a great, great character – a really good guy – and a real goalkeeper so that’s good.
“I’m fine and if they all stay fit in this position, that’s all I need.”
We predict Karius will make his Liverpool debut in the EFL Cup, where we travel to Derby in eight days’ time. Until Mignolet plays poorly, it’ll be pretty tricky to take him out of the starting XI.