Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has left Liverpool to return to his native Belgium and join Club Brugge, as confirmed by the buying club’s official website.
They relay that Mignolet has signed a five-year deal with his new club, having been a substitute for the Community Shield defeat against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
The BBC report that the fee is 7 million euros (£6.4 million) but could raise to 9 million euros (£8.4 million) if add-ons are met – which is something of a bargain in the current market.
Liverpool are yet to make a serious signing this summer but look likely to change that fact now as they enter the market for an experienced backup goalkeeper following Mignolet’s departure.
Some supporters were simply keen to wish Mignolet well, understanding that two seasons on the bench would have been a bit much for a goalkeeper of his age and experience.
But others were concerned about their side’s squad going into the new season, unsure who they’re going to sign to replace Mignolet and worried about Alisson getting an injury.
It remains to be seen who will come in, but Mignolet recovered a shaky spell at Anfield with his professionalism last season and will be missed now…
A Top Pro and a Gentleman. Wish him only great things. Good luck Simon. Ynwa
— Gav. (@gavinwallace30) August 4, 2019
@SMignolet good luck mate. You've served us well and deserve a move to play as no.1.
— Wil.T2🇯🇲🏴🚩 (@Wil_T2) August 4, 2019
honestly, what number 2 are we going to get that's as good as him? It's a small fee too. We're not going to get someone at the same calibre at around that fee. Need to go after that big attacking player too.
— TalkingRed ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (@TalkingRed23) August 4, 2019
Imagine no Migs and Alisson misses a game or two, who plays in goal?
— El Pistolero (@aamirslfc) August 4, 2019
Cant wait to sign shay given on deadline day
— JW14 (@JdoubleU14) August 4, 2019
Absolutely, wishing the guy all the best in whatever he does from now in YNWA !
— owen colley (@owencolley5) August 4, 2019
Goodbye the champions league winner
— Mahmoud Owen (@Mahmoudowen10) August 4, 2019
Why didn’t he say goodbye to the fans at Wembley 🤔
— General Van Dijk (@GeneralVanDijk4) August 4, 2019
— Adam Travers (@admantravers) August 4, 2019
Weird. I was thinking about Mignolet earlier. I don't think anyone would be happy with 2 full seasons on the bench.
Would also think it will be tough to fill that role with quality
— @FURRYSURFS🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@furrysurfs) August 4, 2019
Wish we’d have known earlier….would’ve been nice to have given him a decent send off at Wembley.
Good luck @SMignolet 👍👍👍
— Kerry Place 🖐👍 (@kezzaplace) August 4, 2019
Can this day get any worse?
— Dave P (@Sarkies_Proxy) August 4, 2019