Can you remember who was LFC's previous goalkeeper to combine his debut and the season opener?
- Six years ago Simon Mignolet made his debut for Liverpool in a Premier League opener
- The game against Stoke City ended 1-0 in favour of the Reds
- The Belgian made a penalty save in the final minutes
Today Allison Becker will make his official debut in the Premier League starting game against West Ham. It has been six years before another Reds goalkeeper did just the same. And he is still at Anfield. The name is Simon Mignolet, currently a No 3 choice between the sticks for Jurgen Klopp.
First day 💪🏻⚽ pic.twitter.com/PMeVXxHb7D
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) August 5, 2018
Mignolet signed with Liverpool on 25 June 2013 for a reported fee of £9 million. After an unofficial debut against Preston North End in a pre-season friendly which ended 4-0 in favour of the Reds, he officially appeared at Anfield on 17 August again Stoke City. In the 89th minute of the match, he made a splendid penalty save.
Mignolet parried a shot by Jonathan Walters and a second later - Kenwyne Jones' follow-up attempt. After that he made two more clean sheets against Aston Villa and Manchester United. Mignolet first conceded goals in a 2-2 draw with Swansea. However, he was named Man of the match for numerous saves.
It's been 6 years since someone other than Simon Mignolet has opened a Premier League campaign in goal for LFC.
— NTX (@NTXaco) August 10, 2018
Unfortunately for Mignolet, in Klopp's time he lost his No 1 status and is currently behind Allison and Loris Karius. It was reported Napoli were considering Mignolet as their potential incoming this summer. But later it turned out the Italian side can't afford the demanded wages.