‘Easier’ To Be Alisson’s Back Up Than Karius’, Admits Mignolet
Liverpool back up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he is more accepting of his understudy status at Anfield since the signing of Alisson.
Mignolet lost his place in goal to German ‘keeper Loris Karius last season, before Karius left the club in the summer, following a pair of high profile errors in the Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid.
Mignolet says it is easier to accept being Alisson’s deputy since the Brazilian joined the club in a big money move from Roma in July.
“I can accept it easier now,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It’s also the fact that the team is playing so well. Ali has been so important for the team.
“He has shown his strengths. He’s up there with the top five keepers in the world, if not the best. He’s a very natural goalkeeper. He’s got a lot of talent and he’s very fluent, he doesn’t really think about stuff. It’s all natural to him.
“He’s playing as the No.1 for Brazil in front of Manchester City’s goalkeeper – that says enough, really. I can accept that slightly better.”