In all honesty, we have quite a lot of sympathy with Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian has been loyal to us since 2013, and although he’s never been up to scratch on the pitch, his conduct has been faultless.
After he lost his place to Loris Karius last season, it was assumed Mignolet be allowed an exit this summer, but the club refused loan deals and instead sent his understudy Karius away to Besiktas for two seasons.
Mignolet isn’t happy and expressed as much in the media:
“I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned, but for some reason that was not possible,” he said. “The transfer of Karius doesn’t change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play.”
However, the Guardian claims Jurgen Klopp will not allow Mignolet an exit, despite his unhappiness, and that he’ll remain at Liverpool as our no.2 until at least January.
English clubs can no longer sign new players, but are allowed to sell or loan them to Europe, because elsewhere the window closes at the end of August.
We thought Karius would willingly hang around as backup to Alisson, but it looks now like Mignolet will have to do the job unwillingly.
Still, he’s paid a monstrous wage and will likely get to play our EFL Cup games.
Could be worse!