Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made a bold call on Sunday when he decided to leave out goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and replace him with Loris Karius for the visit of Arsenal.
Mignolet has been the Reds’ number one so far this season, but Klopp claimed that he wanted to rest the Belgian for the weekend.
The timing was odd considering that Liverpool had played just four games in all competitions this season and the likelihood of the shot-stopper starting for Belgium during the international break is slim.
Mignolet watched from the stands as the Reds earned a thumping 4-0 victory, with Karius having very little to do.
Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target, but when the goalkeeper was called into action, there were some nervy moments.
Rather than speak out about being left out of the squad, Mignolet congratulated his teammates for their performance.
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) August 27, 2017
Liverpool fans appreciated this gesture, and tweeted their support to the 29-year-old, who they still regard as number-one choice.
Class stuff Migs lad. You'll be back in the side soon enough 👌
— Paul (@_LFCPaul) August 27, 2017
you're our number one, classy as always – see you out there soon! 🔴🔴🔴
— Kaitlin | Skelly 🤞🏻 (@s0ftskelet0ns) August 27, 2017
Very harsh on you migs we support you though keep working hard karius clearly not good enough
— gratefultoojah (@gratefultoojah) August 27, 2017
— issam (@issam_LFC) August 27, 2017
An even classier performance from you with your tweet alone!
— Zico (@philnealfanclub) August 27, 2017
We need you Mig..
— Samson (@samsonlch) August 27, 2017
Come back Simon Lorius was shaky please come back
— Ahmed (@boss7_0) August 27, 2017
You are one of the most professional classy guys i can think of and its great to have you at Liverpool. Wish more players had your attitude
— Damian Whiteside (@damothomas24) August 27, 2017