Much to the dismay of some Liverpool fans, Loris Karius has once again displaced Simon Mignolet as Jurgen Klopp’s top choice for goalkeeper. In response to once again being dropped, the Belgian shot-stopper (?) ran off to air his thoughts with a media outlet back home.
“In the Christmas period we had rotated again and I felt that that was not a healthy situation for a ‘keeper,” Mignolet explained to Belgian publication Sporza. “Klopp then told me what Sunday has confirmed before and after the match.
“Klopp told me that honestly and personally in that interview, of course I am not satisfied with that, but I always have to respect the trainer’s decision.”
“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand, and the situation has become clearer. I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.
“I’m [nearly] 30 years old and the World Cup is coming. This situation cannot last too long, that’s clear. I can not say more about it.”
On one hand, it is easy to feel sorry for Mignolet after nearly 5 years with Liverpool. On the other, the fact that he is so easily replaceable by an as-of-yet-unproven talent (?) tells you everything you need to know about Mignolet’s tenuous position at the club.
Loris Karius did not exactly cover himself in glory against the league leaders, allowing three of their four shots on target into the net. Despite this, Klopp still clearly feels he’d rather take his chances with Karius’s skill-set and potential upsides, than with Mignolet’s known short-comings.
Running off to complain to local media will probably not get the Belgian back on Klopp’s good graces. Though, at this point it seems as if Mignolet is committed to moving on, and soon, if his World Cup comments are to be taken at face value.