‘Our goal is still to make him leave’ – Liverpool exit backed by player’s agent

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is looking for regular first-team football after spending the season as back-up to Alisson Becker.

The 31-year-old was only given two appearances for the Reds last season, with Alisson playing all of Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League games.

Mignolet secured a £9million move to Anfield in 2013 after impressing with performances for Sunderland, but, after four years as the club’s number one he found his position under threat over the last two campaigns.

With the arrival of Alisson from Roma for £67m last summer, Mignolet’s position as a back-up is unlikely to change and as a result his agent is now looking to secure the Belgium international with a move away from the club.

“The goalkeeper game of musical chairs hasn’t started yet,” his agent told Belgian publication Les Sports Plus.

“It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave.

“He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort.”

Although minutes on the pitch have been rare for the keeper, the Belgian’s professionalism and commitment in training haven’t gone unnoticed by Jurgen Klopp.

And the German’s position might clash with Mignolet’s agent, as Klopp admitted he wants the keeper to remain for next season.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him in the last couple of years and months,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 3-1 friendly win at Bradford City.

“Before we left we had a talk and I would say yes [he will stay].

“I think it’s because at a club like Liverpool you need two No.1s at least and we have that, that’s cool, with Ali and Simon.

“That’s a very good situation for the club but a situation I think you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet only recently joined up with his team-mates for Liverpool’s pre-season training but admitted he was glad to have been given minutes in the Red’s first two friendlies.

“As a ‘keeper you can easily play 90 minutes when you come straight back in,” he said.

“I only had to play 45 minutes against Tranmere. But for me, I haven’t been playing very often, it’s nice to have some minutes under my belt and to play games. That’s a good thing.

“I’ve only been here four days and I’ve already played one 45 minutes and then 80 minutes. That’s why you’re a football player, that’s what I enjoy.”

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