28 Oct 2016

'Play' Me or I Quit: 'Brilliant' €23m Liverpool star threatens to leave Anfield after Klopp decision

Beleaguered Liverpool 'keeper Simon Mignolet has (once again) publicly bemoaned his relegation to number-two status at Anfield.

Earlier this month, Mignolet admitted that being demoted to the bench 'hurts', and Klopp later confirmed the Belgian is 'not happy' with his current situation.

Now, Mignolet has made it explicitly clear that he will seek to quit the club if he remains an understudy to Loris Karius.

Speaking to The Telegraph this week, Mignolet gave the standard obligate spiel about 'working hard' (which all footballers have to do to keep the manager and fans sweet), but he also delivered the following veiled threat:

“I don’t want to be a number two. I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28, and I want to play week-in, week-out".

It's pretty clear what Mignolet is suggesting here. He further added:

"I will keep fighting to get my place back, and hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances.”

In my view, Mignolet has made his situation worse. He's issued a veiled threat that he'll quit the club if he doesn't regain his place, and he has basically questioned Klopp's ability preside over a fair selection process (the implication being that Klopp may have favouritism towards Karius).

Mignolet's concerns are understandable, but unless Karius suffers major injury, or a catastrophic loss of form, the Belgian is destined to spend the rest of his Liverpool career on the bench (bar domestic cup games). There's only one solution, and Mignolet probably knows it: he'll have to leave, especially if he has any chance of retaining his place in the Belgium national team.

* ^ €23m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Hailed as 'brilliant' by Ray Clemence






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