Liverpool Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed he is disillusioned by Liverpool’s decision to loan fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius to Besiktas.
Karius joined Besiktas on a two-year loan deal for an initial loan fee of £2.25m and are obligated to make the switch permanent by paying a further £7.25m in the event of criteria relating to appearances and qualification for European competition being met.
Simon Mignolet is also seeking first-team football following the arrival of Alisson Becker from AS Roma.
Besiktas initially wanted to sign Mignolet on loan, only for Liverpool to block their approach – insisting that the Belgian could only leave in a permanent transfer.
And Liverpool’s subsequent decision to sanction a loan move for Karius does not appear to have gone down well with Mignolet
Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp would have only the 19-year-olds Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara as back-up to Alisson should Mignolet leave and the Liverpool manager does not expect the Belgium’s frustrations to impact on his professionalism.
I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. But for some reason that was not possible,” Mignolet told Belgian publication, Het Laatste Nieuws.
The transfer of Karius doesn’t change anything for me…I have always been clear: I want to play.
“Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing.
“Nobody has said anything to me after the departure of Loris. So I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is. We will see what happens this week.”