The agent of Simon Mignolet admits the goalkeeper is considering his options away from the club in his bid to secure regular football.
Mignolet has been limited to just one appearance at Liverpool so far this season, coming in September’s 2-1 League Cup defeat to Chelsea.
Having found himself as no.2 to Loris Karius for much of the 2017/2018 campaign, he now sits behind £67million summer signing Alisson in the pecking order.
Representative Nico Vaesen says he has already been in discussion with Liverpool over the 30-year-old’s future.
He told ESPN: “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.”
“So yes, in that respect, we have been looking and will continue to be looking for a solution for Simon. That’s obvious. I’ve had some talks with Liverpool about it. We know what we can do and can’t do. They know what we want to do.”
He added: “There is not a difficult or frustrating situation for everybody. The only frustration is that Simon doesn’t play. That’s all.”
“That’s something we want to address. Liverpool is aware of that Simon has that ambition to play. Obviously, they are very happy to have two No. 1s, but you can only play one. You can’t hold that situation for much longer — that’s for sure.”
This follows reports that Liverpool will rebuff any offers tabled for Mignolet during the January transfer window in view of retaining his services at least until the summer.
The former Sunderland man had looked a leading contender to depart in the summer, only for Karius to join Besiktas on a two-year loan in light a torrid Champions League final and the rocky pre-season campaign that followed. With Danny Ward also joining Leicester City, Mignolet was left as the club’s only senior alternative to Alisson.
Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher have both impressed between the sticks at youth level, but are yet to make a competitive first team outing for the Reds.
Whilst there have been understandable signs of frustration along the way, Mignolet deserves credit for displaying such professionalism and commitment across what has been a tough spell in his career.