Liverpool’s Mignolet expresses surprise over Karius loan move

Simon Mignolet has expressed his frustration over Liverpool’s decision to allow fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius depart on loan while denying him a move.

Mignolet has not played a competitive game for Liverpool since late January, having been dropped from the first-team for Loris Karius halfway through last season.

The Belgium international seemingly has no way to claim the No.1 spot back following the summer signing of Alisson from Roma and hoped he would be allowed to leave before the transfer window closes.

Instead, Mignolet has been called upon to act as backup for Alisson so far this season, while Karius has been sent to Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.

And the 30-year-old is not happy with being stuck on the bench despite receiving offers for a temporary move away from Anfield.

“Karius’ transfer changed nothing for me,” He told Het Laatste Nieuws. “I’ve always been clear: I want to play. Whether I’m No.2 or No.3 doesn’t matter. Playing time is the most important thing.

“I haven’t been told anything since Loris left. I don’t know what my future with Liverpool looks like. We shall see what happens this week.

“I find it strange that Karius was loaned out, while I also had options for a loan. But for some reason that wasn’t possible.

“A keeper who was made first choice ahead of me last year gets to leave on loan. Strange.”

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