Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp raised eyebrows by dropping Simon Mignolet and starting Loris Karius for the team’s Premier League match against Arsenal before the international break.
The German coach insisted that he wanted to give the Belgian a rest, despite being just five games into the new season.
Mignolet was not even on the bench as he watched his teammates seal a 4-0 victory over the Gunners from the stands.
Karius did not have much to do due to Arsenal’s failure to register a single shot on target, but when he was called upon, there were a few shaky moments.
After the match, Klopp insisted that Mignolet would return for the trip to the Etihad Stadium, and the 29-year-old has been put through his paces ahead of the lunchtime kickoff.
Following Thursday’s training session, the Belgian took to Twitter and indicated that he is in a positive mood ahead of the crucial clash.
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) September 7, 2017
Mignolet has had his critics over the seasons, but judging from the response to his tweet, the fans are keen for the shot-stopper to get back in between the sticks.
Clean sheet against the mancs on Saturday please Migs!
— Red Bastion (@RedBastion) September 7, 2017
@LFCLebanon Simon my mate, just beat the "citizens"!!!
— lfc-dimitris-ynwa (@scouseromasjr) September 7, 2017
Well rested? 😉
— King Kenny Stand (@KingKennyStand) September 7, 2017
— Barnard Aseto (@Baseto1O) September 8, 2017
Don't work too hard, Klopp will give you another "rest"
— Jakob (@JakobSharman13) September 7, 2017
Best PK saves ever
— Rhama Yanuar Putra (@RhamaYanuar) September 7, 2017
Clean sheet be nice
— Haq khan (@alhajpp) September 7, 2017