MIGNOLET – RIVALRY WITH KARIUS NOT PERSONAL
Liverpool shot stopper Simon Mignolet claims that his rivalry with competition Loris Karius was not personal.
Mignolet seems to have earned his spot in Liverpool’ starting 11 this term after losing it to Karius last year.
The Belgian has been the one to start the last six Premier League games after a goalkeeping crisis. Mignolet says that the competition is good for the club and was not personal as many might think.
The keeper insists that he can be the number one option for coach Jurgen Klopp but that the success of the club remained supreme.
“There’s only one that can play, unfortunately in our position. In the end you always train for yourself, but it’s also about making sure that the guy who is playing is performing at the highest level. There’s no individual more important than Liverpool Football Club,” Mignolet said.
Both players, like other top sides, are in the battle of supremacy as both want to start games. During Reina’s time as the number one, he was clearly the one for Premier League games and Diego Cavalieri did not have a shot at all. Reina did not get injured so the Brazilian keeper was on the bench for over 100 games till be left on a loan deal. He later returned to Brazil.
Both of the current crop of keepers know the implication of sitting for long without getting regular action, hence the ‘tussle’ to be the first choice.
Karius has made 10 starts this term while Mignolet has one more Premier League appearance over his competition.
Mignolet moved to Anfield in 2013 from Sunderland and seems to be well seated to continue as number one going into the rest of the season where Liverpool remain favourites for titles.