Simon Mignolet has been speaking about his decision to leave Liverpool in the summer.
The Belgium international departed the Reds after winning the Champions League after six years at Anfield.
Ultimately, Mignolet didn’t want to continue playing back-up to the brilliant Alisson, and jumped at the chance to move on and play regularly again with Club Brugge back in his homeland.
The former Sunderland man has no regrets over the £6.4 million move (BBC Sport), and has moved to praise the man that effectively ended his time on Merseyside.
Speaking in an interview with Goal about his former teammate, he said: “He’s such a talent. There’s nothing he needs to be taught. You know when you get those people who are just natural at what they do? That’s him.
“What do they say, ‘You never forget how to ride a bike’? With him, it’s goalkeeping. He picked it up naturally and he never forgot it.
“That’s what makes him special. His footwork and his temperament are first-class, and I have to say I picked up quite a lot from him when I worked with him. He’s a good guy and a great goalkeeper.”
TBR’s view – Mignolet right to leave
Mignolet was right to leave when he did.
Alisson’s amazing natural quality would have meant him just sitting on the bench, ready to deputise for a few games here and there.
Mignolet is an experienced stopper and had plenty to offer for other teams, and Brugge were the lucky suitors.
Aged 31 he is still quite young in goalkeeper terms, and it’s best for him to play regularly whilst he’s still sharp.