It’s no secret that Liverpool’s first choice at goalkeeper isn’t Simon Mignolet. But now, his first-team chances after their defeat in the Carabao Cup may be even more slim. Though for what it’s worth, the Belgium goalkeeper is not blind to this possibility.
Their usual first choice, Alisson, would get a rest on Wednesday. That meant Mignolet got to start his first game since January. Ultimately, the Reds would fall 2-1 to Chelsea at Anfield.
“Because it was that long a time, it was a bit strange to be out there again,” Mignolet said via ESPN. “But I think I tried to do my job the best I could. I haven’t seen everything back yet but I can’t be too disappointed, the way I played.”
The shot-stopper did want to leave Liverpool last summer in hopes of finding first-team play. But the Reds didn’t let him. The team still needed Mignolet after Loris Karius left for Beşiktaş on loan. (Some fans may remember the events of the Champions League Final, which made Karius look for play elsewhere). And who can blame him?
Meanwhile, the former first-team keeper sits on the bench waiting his turn. Liverpool bought Alisson this summer from Roma for £65 million. Still, Mignolet isn’t dwelling on his current situation.
“The only thing I can do is try to be ready for when the gaffer needs me and, for me personally, it’s about making sure I’m fit and then making sure, like today, that the chances I get to be out there, I show the club I’m ready when they need me. I think I did that,” he adds.
With Liverpool currently atop the English Premier League, it’s hard to picture a game situation where Mignolet would be starting. Alisson has only allowed two goals through six matches so far.
If Liverpool can continue on this trend, this streak, the Reds will certainly be a candidate to win the league come season’s end.