Liverpool supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team reach the Champions League final courtesy of a thrilling 7-6 aggregate success over Roma in the last four on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into the second leg in the Italian capital with a commanding 5-2 lead from the first leg a week earlier, and they held a 2-1 lead at half time in the Stadio Olimpico to strengthen their hold on the tie. However, the Serie A outfit netted three times in the second half to give the Merseyside giants something to think about, yet Klopp’s side held on to book their place in the showpiece later this month, where they will face defending champions Real Madrid.
Thus, there have been many delighted Reds fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are hugely excited by the prospect of facing the Spanish giants in Kiev later this month with the hope of securing a sixth European crown.
Yet several of our resident Liverpudlians are already beginning to think about the summer and what business their team may seek to complete, with several players potentially on their way out of Anfield.
And one of those, as per the Reds supporters lining up at the bar, should be goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who back in March stated that he would consider his future at the club after this summer’s World Cup.
Ultimately, the 30-year-old has never truly convinced during his time at the Merseyside giants, with some high-profile errors intertwined with some outstanding displays seeing him still earn over 200 appearances for the Reds, but never propel himself into the class of goalkeepers such as David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, and Ederson.
And while he started the season as Klopp’s number one, he has since found himself second in command to his younger shot-stopper Loris Karius, and there doesn’t appear to be much of a way back for the Belgian ace given Karius’ improving efforts for the Reds.
Thus, it’s difficult to see a future for £10.8 million-rated Mignolet (as per Transfermarkt) at Anfield.
The Merseysiders have also been repeatedly linked with goalkeepers like Alisson and Jack Butland in a bid to strengthen those ranks, so it’s perfectly plausible that, by the time he comes to consider his future after the World Cup, he is even further down the pecking order at Anfield.
Obviously, a good World Cup for Belgium, were he to displace Courtois as his country’s number one, may give Klopp something to think about heading into the 2018/19 season, but even now Mignolet should be thinking about moving on from the Champions League finalists.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!