ESPN: Mingolet won't leave Liverpool in January
- Simon Mignolet is not quite happy with his situation at Liverpool, however, allegedly won't leave the club in winter.
- The Belgian is ready to accept the full back-up role while the Reds are not willing to let their only experienced second-choice shot-stopper go.
As reputable ESPN report, referring to the sources close to Liverpool, Simon Mignolet will not leave the club either on loan or permanently in January. Although the goalkeeper wants to enjoy more playing time, having made just 2 appearances this season so far, the Reds are not willing to let their only experience back-up shot-stopper depart while the Belgian is also fine with staying at Anfield at this stage.
Nevertheless, the 30-year-old is not that happy with being a second-choice option to Alisson. In fact, Simon was relegated to a bench goalie last January, losing his spot to Loris Karius. In summer, Mignolet openly spoke oh his desire to leave Liverpool as Napoli expressed interest in his services, however, Karius' departure to Besiktas on loan shut the door for a transfer.
The goalkeeper himself spoke to Liverpoolfc.com earlier this month over the situation: "Of course it isn’t easy. I’ve spoken about it before - it’s not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can. I’m behind Alisson who is a really good goalkeeper - probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best - and you can accept and understand it.
"We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.
"Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really."