Simon Mignolet has not played a single minute of Premier League or Champions League football this season for Liverpool, but will get another chance against Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday night.
Mignolet played in the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea, but other than that has only been on the bench to date this season.
However, he says he has an excellent relationship with fellow goalkeeper Alisson, and has clearly remained focused and professional despite his lack of action.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, the Belgian goalkeeper said: “I’m behind Alisson who is a really good goalkeeper – probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best – and you can accept and understand it. He’s doing really well for the team and I can only learn from him.
“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well. I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and I have to be working hard on daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon.
“It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really.”
Hopefully, nothing will happen to Alisson that would mean a prolonged spell in the side for Mignolet, but his attitude must be admired.
Not all players on the periphery of the squad would have reacted in the same way to being made number two.
Jurgen Klopp needs as big a pool of players to choose from this season if the Reds are to go all the way in the Premier League, and while goalkeeper is not a position that needs rotating, it certainly sounds like Mignolet is a valuable player to have inside the dressing room.