When Liverpool signed Alisson Becker for a then world record fee for a goalkeeper, there were a fair few detractors who questioned the rationality of spending such a huge fee on a stopper. In the period that has followed, the Brazilian has systematically made every single one of them eat humble pie, as he put in performance after performance that has not only justified his price tag, but also transformed Liverpool’s defensive record. Alongside Virgil Van Dijk, you could probably make an argument that the South American is one of the most significant acquisitions in the Reds’ modern era, and while Adrian may have performed admirably during his recent injury absence, there is no doubt that the Kop are grateful to have Alisson back. So it is hardly unsurprising that former stopper Simon Mignolet’s recent comments on his exit following the Brazilian’s arrival have irritated fans so much. The Belgian stopper, in an interview with Het Belang van Limburg, as cited by Spots Witness, has suggested that he knew it was impossible for him to convince Jurgen Klopp to play him over his new signing, and that Alisson was always going to start, even if he consistently made mistakes. It doesn’t sound great from Mignolet, who comes across as sour, and as his 18 mistakes leading directly to goals during his time in the top flight, as per the Premier League themselves, show, maybe his problems started a little closer to home.
Live 4 Liverpool have gathered some of the best tweets below:
He had years of chances and proved he wasnt good enough time and time again.
— Shelley bobs?? (@NantwichGirl) November 18, 2019
I like mignolet but honestly this is rubbish . I mean he took his chance season after season without any change in his performance even adrian is better than him ?????anyway good luck for him
— 6 times (@saadalkaabi) November 18, 2019
When was his form ever better than Becker’s? Second rate sour grapes.
— Peregrine Goodfellow (@PeregrineGoodf1) November 18, 2019
He had a weak mentality and that’s why he had no chance of taking the no 1 shirt. The 1st goal against Chelsea in League Cup was a mistake by him.
— Tom Keegan (@redmedic56) November 18, 2019
That makes no sense he got so many chances no offence to mignolet but he was an average goalkeeper
— Iain Taylor (@Tailso4) November 18, 2019
Simon: if you were good enough, you would have played. Simple as.
— SS LFC (@SamStevens1997) November 18, 2019
He’s deluded. Worst goalkeeper we’ve had in premier league era
— Terence (@Aviet19) November 18, 2019