Simon Mignolet told that the reason behind his Liverpool exit was that he didn’t think he would find playing time with Alisson present.
The Belgian international signed the Reds from Sunderland in 2013 and made 204 matches for them across all competitions, keeping 66 clean sheets. Mignolet was the Reds’ first-choice keeper before losing his spot to Loris Karius, then Alisson.
Last campaign, the 31-year-old made only two matches for the Reds in their Cup matches versus Wolves and Chelsea. He was on the bench during the Community Shield in August before signing Club Brugge.
Mignolet told that he couldn’t fight for his spot with Alisson and thus, decided to leave Anfield. As quoted by Sport Witness, the 31-year-old told Belgian goalkeeper newspaper Het Belang van Limburg: “If I could really fight for my place, I might have stayed. But if I had ended up in goal if Alisson picked up injury, I would be allowed to push ten shots out of the box. Then Alisson could immediately claim his place again. And even if he pushed the ball into his own goal, he would still retain (his place in the starting XI). What sense did it make for me?”
Mignolet has been a regular for Club Brugge this campaign so far, keeping 11 clean sheets in 20 matches across all competitions. He has conceded only six goals in the Belgian Pro League which is fewer than any other goalkeeper. Given his current form, Mignolet will most likely find a place in Belgium’s squad for Euro 2020.