Simon Mignolet Opens Up About His Position At Liverpool And It's Refreshingly Honest
Simon Mignolet's opened up about his situation at Liverpool following the summer signing of Alisson, who's become the club's No.1, and it's brilliantly honest.
Simon Mignolet was the main man between the sticks in the first half of last season, before Loris Karius was opted by Jurgen Klopp for the second part of the campaign.
Loris Karius was eventually offloaded in the summer after a calamitous error in the Champions League final.
But the Belgium keeper remained at Anfield and he's spoke honestly about his place in the team.
"Of course it isn't easy," he said. "I've spoken about it before - it's not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can."
The 30-year-old added: "I'm behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper - probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best - and you can accept and understand it.
"We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.
"Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on a daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon.
"It's not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That's the only thing I can do really."
"I'm behind Alisson who is a really good goalkeeper - probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best - and you can accept and understand it."https://t.co/qsY49w520C
- Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 6, 2019
Mignolet hails his Brazilian counterpart, calling him a natural. "I think he's just a naturally good goalkeeper," he added.
"He's got the talent and everything comes natural to him, which makes him a really special goalkeeper.
"He doesn't have to really think about anything and switch off, it's always coming fluently and that makes it very easy for him to play in goal.
"He's No.1 for Brazil in front of the 'keeper for Manchester City, so that says itself a lot already. He's doing really well for the team and I can only learn from him."
Mignolet, however, is set to start for Liverpool as they face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Monday night.