Simon Mignolet has revealed that he left Liverpool because he could not compete with Alisson Becker.
In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg (via Sport Witness), Mignolet said Alisson would keep his place even if he pushed the ball into his own net. This is why the Belgian goalkeeper returned to his home country to join Club Brugge.
Since his exit, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has spent some time out injured. Adrian was brought in on a free transfer and he impressed, taking over from Mignolet as the deputy stopper at Anfield.
Mignolet on Alisson competition
Mignolet told Het Belang van Limburg (translated via Sport Witness): “Indeed. 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.
“Then Alisson could immediately claim his place again. And even if he pushed the ball into his own goal, he would still retain [his place in the starting XI]. What sense did it make for me?”
Here are some tweets from Liverpool fans about the 31-year-old’s comments.
Mate the problem was you pushed the ball into the net many times, he pushes it out as a goalkeeper is supposed to do
— Danny Walker (@walkerdeltasec) November 17, 2019
Lmao bit rich coming from a guy that would push the ball into his own net at least once a month
— ~ (@ArmBabayan) November 17, 2019
Migs I Can Remember you making Countless Mistakes an Still Keeping your Place hahahaha
— Justin Cole (@JustinCole46103) November 18, 2019
Mignolet please keep quite. Hahahahahaha
— Minister Philip (@DontohPhilip) November 17, 2019
Well mignolet pushed the ball into his own net for years and retained his place in the starting XI. So he’s not wrong 🤣
— Yousif (@_Jabman_) November 17, 2019
Thank god, we got Adrian who is more reliable than you… it is what it is mate…
— koi. (@kankoi_) November 17, 2019