It’s international break time, which can only mean one thing, Liverpool players speaking on their current situation and future at the club.
Simon Mignolet has recently found himself as the second choice goal-keeper at Anfield and has opened up on his frustration and future with Liverpool.
Speaking to Het Belang Van Limburg, the Belgian was asked how it feels to now find himself on the bench.
He said: “It is never easy if someone tells you you are now number two. At first, you’re disillusioned, then you wants reasons, you look for answers. In football, however, you rarely get a clear answer or one that helps. It’s sometimes difficult to accept, but you must be able to leave it behind and look ahead”.
He continued: “I’m not used to sitting on the bench, so this is an adjustment, but I do what I’ve always done: train hard. It’s just in my nature to do a lot. You also can’t think about it too much.
“I have to be ready for the moment when the first goalkeeper is suspended or injured. You can also hang your head or make things difficult, but then you are certainly not ready”.
As for what the future holds for him: “I turned 30 in March. You want to play at that age, but I’m still under contract for three years, and now only the upcoming games count. Now, I just concentrate on work. It’s not easy, but I repeat: I just have to be ready for when the chance comes”.
With rumours of Liverpool looking to bring in Brazilian keeper Alisson this summer the likely hood of Mignolet staying on for next season would seem unlikely.