Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has departed the club to join Belgian side Club Brugge.
The Reds confirmed on their official website that the 31-year-old shot-stopper has left the Merseyside club after six years of service to return to his home country, with BBC Sport reporting that Liverpool received £6.4m for him.
The Belgium international joined the Reds from Sunderland in 2013 and made over 200 appearances for Liverpool (per Transfermarkt), but Mignolet was reduced to only two outings last season, both of which were in cup competitions (per Transfermarkt).
“If you were to ask me to write a list of the most standout professionals that I’ve worked with in the game, in a career of well over 30 years, Simon Mignolet would be competing for the number one spot.”
Those were the words of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp following the announcement of Mignolet’s transfer to Club Brugge (per Liverpool’s official website), and after a season where the ‘keeper had no part in the club’s run to Champions League glory as well as the Reds closest shot ever at the Premier League title, his professionalism comes through in the fact that the 31-year-old never complained about his lack of game time.
The signing of Alisson last summer for a then world-record fee for a ‘keeper (per the Guardian) all but ensured that Mignolet would be second-choice, yet despite playing just two games in total last season, the Belgian ‘keeper never spoke out against Klopp or his selection choices as the new arrival from Roma claimed the Premier League Golden Glove (per the Premier League’s official website).
Mignolet leaves Liverpool as a player highly regarded in the eyes of Klopp, and this move to Club Brugge is the right option for both the Reds and for the ‘keeper.
With Alisson taking the number one shirt at Liverpool (per Liverpool’s official website), it was likely going to be another season of sitting on the bench for Mignolet, and heading into the usual prime years of a goalkeeper’s career the Belgian has taken the seemingly smart path of making a move to a team where he will likely be the starting ‘keeper.
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