With Liverpool spending, at the time, a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, it was easy to see that Simon Mignolet would play backup to Alisson. Still, to be frozen out almost completely might have come as a surprise.
The 31-year-old managed just two starts last season as Alisson asserted himself as the first choice in both the Premier League and Champions League, and early exits in the FA Cup and League Cup meant Mignolet’s season largely consisted of watching Liverpool from the bench, which is why it makes sense that clubs are circling the ‘keeper this summer.
According to the Evening Standard, both Crystal Palace and Brighton are interested in the former Sunderland stopper, who is reportedly valued at £8 million, and with another season of being second-choice on the horizon, Mignolet should be jumping at the opportunity to leave for first-team football, and in particular, in south London.
The reasoning behind why Mignolet should prefer a move to Palace over Brighton is a simple one, the Belgian is surely more likely to be the number one at the Eagles rather than at the south coast side, who in Matthew Ryan have a clear and established number one given the fact he has started all but four games for the Seagulls over the past two seasons.
At Palace, though, Roy Hodgson switched between Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita for the majority of last season, switching between the two custodians before settling on the Spaniard, and in Mignolet, the Eagles would potentially be securing an upgrade.
Comparing Guaita with Mignolet from stats from the Premier League’s official website, Mignolet managed the same number of clean sheets as the Palace keeper in his last season playing regular (2017/18) football, as well as making more claims from corners as well as saving more penalties.
If given a choice of the two rivals, Palace do seem like a better destination. They are a settled Premier League side who boast a fairly stable defence (conceding 53 goals, the 10th best record in the league, with only Newcastle United in the lower half letting in less) and there is a clearer potential path to the No.1 spot.
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