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Since leaving Liverpool earlier in the summer for £6.4m, Simon Mignolet appears to be rebuilding his career with Belgian outfit Club Brugge.
The shot-stopper was a regular for the Reds for much of his time there, making 204 appearances across six years, and he managed to keep 66 clean sheets along the way. Now back in his homeland, he appears to be doing rather well, having not conceded in 11 of his first 20 games for his new club.
In the north of England, though, there were portions of the club’s fanbase who often lambasted him for his displays, and it was not without justification.
During his time at Liverpool, he made 18 errors that led directly to goals in the league. For context, that places him at joint-sixth on the Premier League’s official website. That makes his claims that he was unfairly treated by Liverpool rather bizarre. He told Het Belang van Limburg (via The Daily Express): “If I could really fight for my place, I might have stayed. But if I had ended up in goal if Alisson picked up injury, I would be allowed to push ten shots out of the box.”
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Jurgen Klopp wanted a top-class goalkeeper, and he went and signed one in Alisson. The Brazil international cost £67m, but has since repaid the money spent on him with his impressive performances. Across one-and-a-bit campaigns, he has an average save percentage of 76.8%. Mignolet could only manage 64.7% during his time there, and he never matched the 27-year-old’s 77.8% last time out in one campaign.
The fact of the matter is, Mignolet just wasn’t good enough to be a member of a title-challenging side like Alisson is.
These comments about him being unfairly treated are nothing short of delusional. Had he proven his worth to Klopp when he had the chance prior to the former Roma man’s arrival, it may have been a different story, but his failure to impress is no-one else’s fault other than his own. As Liverpool now top the Premier League table, it is unlikely any sleep will be lost over these quotes.