The Daily Mail have claimed that Liverpool are set to offer a new five-year contract to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian is expected to earn a substantial pay rise in the new deal (he’s expected too earn around £50,000 per week), that will tie him up with the club until 2020.
The 27-year-old came over from Sunderland in 2013 but has received a lot of crticism from Liverpool fans over the years and for his performances of late, like his far from impressive match in last night’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp came out to defend his goalkeeper, saying The Gunners’ goals were a result of mistakes made by the entire team.
Mignolet has also kept a decent seven clean sheets this season. Only four keepers have done better in this Premier League’s campaign: Petr Cech, Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Heurelho Gomas. He’s recorded 38 clean sheets in 121 total appearances for The Reds.
Still, Liverpool fans took it out in Twitter, stating that they are clearly not happy about the news:
On Simon Mignolet I’ve discovered he looks disturbingly like ol mate Sponge Bob Square Pants. pic.twitter.com/eT4vlpxwLH
— Andy Gargett (@AGargett) January 14, 2016
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 14, 2016
Mignolet’s first half highlights.. https://t.co/airXIa9lX1
— Dan (@FormidableRed) January 13, 2016
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 13, 2016
This dog is 10 times better than Simon Mignolet. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/RuYdd5E39J
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 8, 2016
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 12, 2016
Giving Mignolet a 5 year contract? loooool and mandem thought their banter era was about to end
— Thabang (@walker8701) January 13, 2016
Caulker yesterday, Mignolet new contract today, what a transfer window this is #Madness
— Timothy Pierce (@AskingTimmy) January 13, 2016
Has Mignolet recieved a new contract and a £50K pay rise? I’m out of the loop this morning but hearing a lot of ‘rumours’.
— Louise (@RedLiverbirdLou) January 13, 2016
This Mignolet new deal has been in the pipeline for a few months. Crazy that he’s get a big payrise aswell. He’s not good enough. #Average
— Spion Klopp (@Jay_78_) January 13, 2016
I’m not sure I can deal with five more minutes of Mignolet, let alone five years. #LFC
— Kristian Johnson (@kristianj23) January 13, 2016
Mignolet’s set to sign a new contract & his salary will be increased, apparently, to £90k a week. Madness. You don’t reward mediocrity. #LFC
— Mo (@CoutinOhOhOh) January 13, 2016