The life of a second-choice goalkeeper seems like one of the loneliest jobs in football, and it’s something Simon Mignolet is apparently set to commit to next season.
The former Liverpool number one has resorted to life on the bench following the arrival of Alisson last summer, and although Reds supporters have been enjoying life greatly with the Brazilian keeper in between the sticks, it’s easy to forget that Mignolet is a player still on the books at the Merseyside club, and it is looking like the Belgian keeper will remain for even longer.
According to the Times (subscription needed), Jurgen Klopp is set to keep Mignolet at the club next season as the Liverpool boss values the keeper’s attitude and approach to being number two to Alisson, and the former Sunderland man is taking a big gamble remaining at the Reds.
Mignolet might be the club’s number two keeper, but that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old has actually played a decent amount of games. Last season the Belgian shot-stopper played just two games for Liverpool, both of them resulting in losses as Alisson took the number one spot for both the Premier League and Champions League.
Compare this to other backup keepers playing for top-six clubs, with Petr Cech playing 22 games for Arsenal last season and Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero starting nine times for the Blues, and you can see that giving Mignolet the title of “backup keeper” is a bit off the mark.
Klopp has shown that he is someone who likes to stick with the best option, and for Mignolet next year, that can easily mean he is set for another campaign of sitting on the bench and watching Liverpool from afar.
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