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Jurgen Klopp Rebukes Simon Mignolet Over His 'Bizarre' Comments

Jurgen Klopp Rebukes Simon Mignolet Over His 'Bizarre' Comments
By Gavin Cooney

Jurgen Klopp today rebuked Simon Mignolet over the goalkeeper's public complaint that Loris Karius was allowed to leave the club.

After Karius was allowed leave on a two-year loan deal to Besiktas, Mignolet gave comments to  Het Laatste Nieuws in Belgium in which he affirmed his desire to leave Liverpool rather than play second fiddle to Alisson Becker.

The transfer of Karius doesn't change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play.

Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing.

Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris. So I don't know what my future at Liverpool is. We will see what happens this week.

I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. But for some reason that was not possible.

A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last year may leave on a loan basis. Strange.

Mignolet has been second-choice at Liverpool since losing his place to Karius midway through last season, and remains the back-up to new signing Alisson. He has spent the summer trying to get out of Anfield, but has been thwarted.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash with Leicester City, Klopp confirmed that Mignolet won't be allowed to leave the club in this window, and took a dim view of his goalkeeper airing rancour in public.

He will not leave today. In general, discussing your individual problems in public is actually doesn't make too much sense. It's better that you speak to each other, I'm a big believer in that.

But it was still okay. Of course, it's actually the one time, and we are all human beings and I'm happy with that.

If he was happy to be a number two then I wouldn't really know him. He is a top professional, a top goalkeeper and of course he is not happy to be number two.

At the end, there are worse things in the world than being number two, pretty good pay by the way at Liverpool.

Klopp's full press conference is available here.

See Also: Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic And Rangers Learn Fate In Europa League Draw

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