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“You Can See Why He Failed At Liverpool” – Former Reds Player's Worrying Form Leads To Criticism

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“You Can See Why He Failed At Liverpool” – Former Reds Player's Worrying Form Leads To Criticism

Simon Mignolet's time at Liverpool was mired by frequent errors, inconsistent form and - eventually - too little game time.

The Belgian goalkeeper played for Liverpool between 2013 and 2019, making over 155 appearances for The Reds.

However, after initially losing his spot in the first XI to Lloris Karius, both stoppers soon found themselves surplus to requirements when Alisson Becker arrived on Merseyside in 2018.

This led to Jurgen Klopp sanctioning the sale of Mignolet not long after, who opted to head back to his home country and play for Club Brugge.

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However, while many would have viewed this as tacit acceptance that his time at the elite level of the game was over, that isn't exactly how things panned out.

The 33-year-old went on to play regularly in the Champions League, even putting in a handful of match-winning performances along the way.

Further to this, Mignolet has consistently been called up to the Belgian National Team by Roberto Martinez since his Liverpool exit.

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In the present day though, cracks are finally starting to appear. Back in Belgium, journalists like Filip Joos are claiming that Mignolet has cost the reigning Jupiter Pro League champions dearly in their last two outings.

"Mignolet is absolutely a top keeper for our level, but the past two games, he has cost Club Brugge 4 points," Sporza quote him saying.

"You can see why he failed at Liverpool. You have to be able to say that now: that he is too little for that level. He has that kind of thing going on too often."

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The writer goes on to describe the lack of faith fans had in Mignolet back in his Liverpool days.

The former Sunderland keeper wasn't exactly known for his distribution skills, which led to a general unease around Anfield whenever he had the ball at his feet.

"I often sat in the stadium at Liverpool and heard the murmur rising from the stands when he got the ball," Joos added.

"At the time, I didn't think that was generous of the crowd, but now I understand. It wasn't a mistake for Liverpool to go for a better goalkeeper than Mignolet, even though Alisson has had moments like that too."

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In spite of the criticism, Joos also adds that Mignolet has the potential to be Belgium's best keeper on his day.

"He can reach that [Thibaut Courtois'] level, but he has too many moments that Courtois doesn't have. Also, last year he had such moments at Club Brugge. Only Club won then and not now," he added.

Topics: Liverpool, Alisson, Simon Mignolet, Club Brugge, Jurgen Klopp, Champions League

Tom Fenton
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