Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after he went public with the club’s handling of his situation. The Belgium international had been desperate to pursue a fresh challenge from the Reds before the European transfer deadline but surprisingly it was Loris Karius, who was allowed to secure a fresh challenge away Anfield.
As such, speaking to the Belgian media, Mignolet admitted that the move was ‘bizarre’ given he was the one looking the most likely to leave the club and his comments appear to have not gone well with the head coach.
In a report covered by Sky Sports, Klopp appeared to aim to hit out at the former Sunderland man by stressing that the shot-stopper should have spoken to him first rather than expressing his discontent across the media.
Mignolet lost his number one role to Karius during the backend of the previous campaign and the latter thereafter continued to do a satisfactory job until his double blunder in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Even after, Klopp suggested that Karius would remain between the sticks with the pre-season having begun but the German continued to make unnecessary mistakes which eventually encouraged the need for another keeper.
With Alisson Becker joining the Reds, Karius was widely expected to play the deputy role but much to the surprise of many, the German managed to convinced Klopp to let him go after the option of a two-year loan arrived from Besiktas.
Mignolet has been on the substitutes’ bench in each of the previous two Premier League games and he is likely to maintain a similar position when the Reds make the trip to east Midlands to face Claude Puel’s Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
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