Klopp takes swipe at Liverpool back-up keeper Simon Mignolet

Date published: Friday 31st August 2018 12:34 - Matthew Briggs

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe at Simon Mignolet after the goalkeeper’s comments to the Belgian press this week.

Mignolet on Monday questioned the wisdom in Liverpool allowing Loris Karius to leave Anfield and admitted he too could still leave the club this week.

Jurgen Klopp’s £65million signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker had seen both keepers demoted down the pecking order at Anfield, though Karius’ exit to Besiktas on a two-year loan deal had seen the Belgian promoted back to No 2.

But Mignolet told the Belgian press that Karius’ move did not “change anything”.

Klopp said at today’s Melwood press conference: “Discussing your individual problems in public doesn’t make too much sense. It was still okay. If he was happy to be a No 2 then I wouldn’t know him – he’s a top professional.

“There are worse things in the world to be – and you are pretty well paid at Liverpool.”

“If you want to say something, say it to me directly than to a newspaper.”

Mignolet, who has been on the bench twice in the Premier League this season questioned Klopp’s wisdom in allowing Karius to depart.

“The transfer of Karius doesn’t change anything for me,” he said to Het Laatste Nieuws. “I have always been clear: I want to play.

“Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing.

“Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris. So I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is. We will see what happens this week.”


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