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Mignolet won't be leaving Anfield, insists Klopp

 

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists second-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is staying at the club this season despite the Belgian having concerns about his pitch time.

The 31-year-old (lost his place to Alisson last summer with the Brazilian already proving good value for his £65m fee after playing a key role in their Champions League victory and finishing the campaign as Golden Glove winner with 21 clean sheets.

That restricted Mignolet, with 204 appearances for the Reds, to just 180 minutes last season and despite having two years left on his contract he wants to play first-team football.

His attitude and professionalism last season was praised by Klopp and his backroom staff and the manager said he will be staying this summer.

"Yes, (it's) how I've heard," said the German.

"I've had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months - not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had a talk. I would say (he stays).

"At a club like Liverpool you need two No.1s in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

"It's a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that's why everything is fine from my point of view."

While Klopp feels he has plenty of strength in his top two goalkeepers, he has issues below that top tier with 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher facing up to six weeks out after wrist surgery, Vitezslav Jaros (17) out for several weeks with an elbow ligament injury and Polish youth international Kamil Grabara yet to report back for pre-season training.

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