Simon Mignolet’s agent has told Belgian outlet DH that his client has to leave Liverpool this summer after an entire season of being the club’s number two goalkeeper at Anfield.
The 31-year-old joined Liverpool in the summer of 2013 from Sunderland for £9million (Telegraph), and has since clocked up 204 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, the signing of Alisson relegated Mignolet to the bench. It saw the Belgium international manage just two senior appearances for the Reds throughout the entirety of 2018-19.
There has been rumours surrounding Mignolet’s future, who has two years remaining on his £60,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract at Anfield. Now, Mignolet’s agent has said he believes his client needs to leave.
“The goalkeeper game of musical chairs hasn’t started yet. It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave,” Mignolet’s agent said. “He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort.”
TBR’s view – Mignolet would be a loss for Liverpool
Not many goalkeepers of Mignolet’s quality would be willing to remain a club’s number two for as long as the Belgian has. His morale has never dipped, and has application has never become laboured.
Losing the Belgian goalkeeper, who is now one of the longest-serving players at Liverpool, would be an enormous loss – not because he needs replacing, but because of his presence within the dressing room.
Now, the best move for the goalkeeper is remaining in the Premier League, unless he is given the guarantee of more game time at Anfield – something which is unlikely.