Jurgen Klopp recently announced that the German summer signing was his no.1 and that Mignolet, signed back in 2013 by Brendan Rodgers, would be the Cup goalkeeper and Karius’s backup.
This has caused some unrest amongst supporters who actually felt Mignolet did well at the beginning of the campaign, while Karius has been quite poor since his integration into the side.
The elder Belgian wants his spot back at the earliest opportunity…
“I will keep fighting to get my place back,” Mignolet told the Express after he Liverpool to a 2-1 victory.
“I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play.
“I will never give up fighting, firstly, because that’s not in my character to just give up and, secondly, because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench.
“I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in week out.”
Interestingly, Mignolet then hinted that he hopes Klopp judges the keepers fairly based on performances – indicating he realises Karius has struggled early on.
“I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. So hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.,” he continued…
“That’s why I am a Liverpool player and I am grateful for the support I get from the fans. It’s always nice to see that and hear that they are behind you.
“The only thing I can then do is to play my best, work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always been doing.
“Then, in the end, you can’t complain that you have, how do you say, let yourself down.
“I can only do my job to the best of my ability.
“Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I am happy with my performance against Tottenham.”
Karius will be back in the side for the Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace on Saturday, but all eyes will be on the German – who’ll have to deal with the aerial prowess of our former striker Christian Benteke.
Alan Pardew’s outfit will test him regularly and we can only hope he’s up to the job.