Mignolet Departs For Club Brugge
After a six-year spell at Liverpool, Simon Mignolet has left for Club Brugge, in a statement released by the club.
Having won the European Cup with the Reds, the Belgian will be making a return to his homeland this summer. The deal is believed to be worth £6.4 million rising to £8.2 million in add-ons.
A Brendan Rodgers signing from Sunderland back in 2013, Mignolet was immediately installed as the No. 1 following Pepe Reina’s departure. He enjoyed a successful debut season, with his season opening penalty save against Stoke City a highlight for many.
Things weren’t as smooth sailing for the Belgian afterwards, with him under heavy scrutiny following high profile blunders. That led to him losing his spot temporarily to Adam Bogdan before he eventually reclaimed it.
Mistakes continue to haunt the 31-year old following Rodger’s departure, leading to Klopp bringing in Mainz keeper Loris Karius. Together, the pair alternated duties during the 2017/18 season with Mignolet starting 22 league games in the first half of the season. He was eventually relegated to be a backup en-route to Liverpool’s road to the Champions League final in Kiev.
At the start of the 2018/19 season, Klopp opted to bring in Brazilian No. 1 from Roma. This meant that Mignolet was once again the backup keeper, making just 2 appearances all season in the League Cup and FA Cup.
Despite his lack of game time, Mignolet’s professionalism throughout the season was widely praised by Klopp, staff members and players alike. It is for this reason alone that Klopp reluctantly green-lit his transfer to Club Brugge. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, the gaffer had nothing but praise for his goalkeeper.
“If you were to ask me to write a list of the most standout professionals I’ve worked with in the game – in a career of well over 30 years – Simon Mignolet would be competing for the number one spot. The respect he commands in our dressing room is unrivalled. An outstanding athlete, an outstanding person, and an international-class ‘keeper.
“The truth is I don’t want Simon to leave – why would I? He’s a ‘keeper good enough to start for all the teams in the Premier League. But this is a little like the situation we faced with Lucas Leiva a few seasons ago now. Sometimes you have someone whose contribution to the club means you have to consider their welfare also. Simon is such a person. The service he has given this club during his time here means I cannot ignore an opportunity for him that will impact so positively on his future. I think what he has done for LFC means he earns the right to do something that helps him in this moment.”
With over 200 appearances in Red and a Champions League medal to show for, Mignolet departs the club with everyone’s best wishes.