Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has criticised the club’s transfer policy by branding the decision to allow Loris Karius to leave on loan, whilst he remains at Anfield, as being “bizarre”, as reported by Het Laatste Nieuws.
The Liverpool Echo have provided a translation of the Belgian shot-stopper’s comments.
Having played a back up role to Karius for much of last season, Mignolet claims that he finds the decision to allow the preferred German to leave, whilst he himself also had offers to depart but was made to stay, as being “bizarre” and “strange”.
With Danny Ward and Karius both having left the club, it now appears that Mignolet must remain as the second-choice ‘keeper behind new arrival Alisson Becker.
It is understandable why the 30-year-old also wanted to move on this summer. At this stage in his career, Mignolet must be desperate to secure regular football this season. Barring injury to Alisson, Mignolet stands basically no chance of becoming Jurgen Klopp’s No. 1 in this campaign.
Since joining the club in 2013, Mignolet spent several seasons as the Reds’ first choice, but consistent mistakes eventually forced the club to upgrade between the sticks, rendering Mignolet as something of a flop signing.
Now, his comments are sure to rile certain figures at the club and do raise questions over his professionalism.
Many Liverpool fans have since taken to Twitter to give their take on Mignolet’s comments…
Karius is younger and will still have market value even if this move doesn’t materialize. Mignolet on the other hand is 30 and his value will decline as time passes.
— Bishal (@MrBishalB) 26 August 2018
After shelling out what was briefly a world record fee for a goalkeeper I’m sure we needed to get some cash in a permanent deal for at least one of these two. Maybe we have more a duty of care to Karius after CL final.
— Jonny Cunningham (@JonnyCunningham) 26 August 2018
It simple, No one was willing to pay your wages of £100k pw but it is easier to pay Karius’ £25k pw. It isn’t rocket science you know. And you will not accept a wage reduction surely because of your self acclaimed quality.
— Talk of Liverpool FC (@TalkofLFC) 26 August 2018
If he wants to go put in a transfer request. He’s not that desperate that he’ll give up the cold hard cash.
— Craig Bayliss (@CraigBaylissGl2) 26 August 2018
Karius needed to get out of the spotlight for his own sake, to get some confidence back, just to play some games. Migs is a capable No.2, just should never have been No.1.
— Dominic O’Regan (@_DomoO_) 27 August 2018
Got more of a chance in selling him that’s why. Mignolet we have no chance so he needs to quieten down for his own good!
— X7CDO (@X7Cdo) 26 August 2018
You had nothing but chances and failed to live up to expectations/ quality the team needed. Stop being a sour teammate just because you garner very little interest across the league. Time to realize you’re a #2 at best…
— SchaefferBMW (@BmwSchaeffer) 26 August 2018