We really do have two very good goalkeepers at Liverpool in Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet. We have a clear number one, of course. And that's undeniable. Karius hasn't been perfect. But he's the one with all the promise. He's the one with all the raw stuff that Klopp wants.
Simon Mignolet is an excellent shot stopper, though. And in every match he’s played since losing his place in the team, he has done the job. Leeds was no different.
“I was happy with how I played,” Mignolet said. “It's not easy when you’ve been sitting on the bench and not played much. But I needed to stay calm and do my job in the important moments.
“The early save was important because if Leeds had gone in front they would have sat back even more and it would have been an even more difficult night for us.”
Having a keeper of Mignolet’s quality ready and waiting to get in the game is what great depth looks like. Gone is the sub-par, “Can he do it?” replacement to pop in goal. Simon is the real deal.
The Belgian international may not be happy about his new standing under Klopp but he’s committed to performing at his best, anyway. One of those never-give-up types. One of those never-say-die characters that the club seems to be full of right now.
“The win over Leeds showed that we've got a very good squad,” said Simon. “Everyone who had the chance to play did well.
“It was nice to get the victory and help the club get into the semis. With a busy period coming up, we will need everybody.”