Liverpool Opinion – The Reds should sell Simon Mignolet in the summer
According to a report in Express, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is unsure of his future at Anfield after falling down the pecking order since the arrival of Alisson Becker.
The 31-year-old’s first-choice role was taken away last January itself. But with the Reds signing the Roma stopper for £66.9m last summer, it was clear that the former would be warming the bench for most games this season even though Loris Karius was loaned out.
As per the report, Mignolet was speaking to one of the local channels in Belgium and expressed his desire to play more games. His contract at Liverpool runs until 2021.
Here’s why the Reds should put him on sale in the summer and sign a new backup goalkeeper:
Liverpool need better quality backup
Mignolet joined Liverpool back in 2013 from Sunderland and straightaway got the first-choice role. While the team narrowly missed out on the title in his first season, the Belgian conceded 50 goals and he never looked like a proper long-term solution.
In the next three campaigns, we saw the frailties in the 31-year-old’s game, which eventually triggered current manager Jurgen Klopp to hand Loris Karius a regular start in the second half of last season.
Now with Alisson in the goal, it is pretty clear that Mignolet is not getting any game unless there is an injury. Furthermore, the latter has got enough opportunities to build the trust with the manager.
Though with how things have transpired, it looks like Liverpool would be better off selling the Belgian.
At 31, Mignolet won’t be able to drastically change his way of approaching his goalkeeping. Hence, it would make sense for the Reds to vacate the backup role and sign someone who can come in and challenge Alisson for a place in the team.
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All in all, with two years left in his contract, Simon Mignolet could be sold for a good price by Liverpool. Hence, this summer is the right time to sell him and use that money to greater effect.