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Mignolet issues transfer update

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he misses the buzz of first team action – but claims playing second fiddle is easier to take this season because of Alisson Becker’s brilliance.

Mignolet, 30, lost his status as the club’s number one a year ago, and has only played in two domestic cup games all season.

But he told the Liverpool Echo that he admires the impact Alisson has made since signing for £65million last summer.

Mignolet was initially cast aside for Loris Karius, who struggled to deliver and endured a personal nightmare in the Champions League final in Kiev.

Karius has been sent on loan to Besiktas and opted to keep Mignolet in reserve.

Mignolet said: “Yeah, I can accept it easier now.

“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.”

Simon Mignolet in training with Alisson Becker, who is now the first choice keeper
(Image: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC)

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