‘I had been at the end of my patience’: Simon Mignolet admits frustration with Jurgen Klopp at lack of chances at Liverpool and claims club made it difficult to leave for Club Brugge
- Simon Mignolet has lifted the lid on a frustrating final few months at Liverpool
- The goalkeeper left the Reds for Club Brugge in August after losing his place
- Mignolet was unable to usurp Alisson as the club’s No 1 after a series of errors
Simon Mignolet has revealed he ran out of patience during his final months at Liverpool before leaving Anfield earlier this summer.
Mignolet signed a five-year deal with Club Brugge in August after spending much of the last two seasons as a backup to Alisson and Lorius Karius.
The Belgium international had been Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper for four years between 2013 and 2017 but a loss of form saw him lose his place.
Simon Mignolet has admitted he ran out of patience during his final months at Liverpool
Mignolet lost his place to Lorius Karius and then Alisson in his final two seasons at Anfield
Mignolet was first choice at Liverpool for four seasons but lost the faith of Jurgen Klopp
Mignolet has previously remained silent on his exit but has now admitted he was far from happy as his time with the Reds came to an end.
‘After pre-season, I returned with the idea: now I am going to give everything here and I get nothing in return,’ he explained to Het Nieuwsblad.
‘However, that was the easy option: seeing out the remaining two years at Liverpool, making good money at a top European club and being a free agent the age of 33.
The Belgian lifted the Champions League last season but made just two appearances in 18/19
‘But another two years on the bench, that wasn’t in me. I had been at the end of my patience for the past six or seven months.’
Prior to signing of Alisson from Roma last summer, Mignolet had failed to usurp Karius as first choice despite a series of high-profile mistakes.
The German’s infamous gaffes in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018 signalled the end of his time at the club but Mignolet remained on the sidelines.
Mignolet eventually reached the end of his tether and moved on to Brugge, who he says beat Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Porto and Benfica to his signature.
However, when asked if Liverpool ensured a smooth exit, he hinted that it had been anything but: ‘Not difficult? I don’t dare say that,’ he said.
The Belgian has since made nine appearances for Brugge and kept six clean sheets, including a 0-0 draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday night.