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Liverpool have the Premier League’s best back-up goalkeeper, says Jurgen Klopp

By William Eldridge

Published: 16:22, 25 April 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Simon Mignolet is the best back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League. 

The Reds have opted to use summer signing Alisson throughout the campaign as they battle with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Is Mignolet the best No.2? Five things you need to know…

  1. Simon Mignolet was introduced to the Premier League when Sunderland signed him from Belgian outfit Sint-Truiden in 2010.
  2. The Belgian made 101 appearances for the Black Cats before Liverpool spent £9 million to bring him to Anfield in 2013.
  3. Mignolet has since made 204 appearances for the Reds.
  4. However, after Loris Karius took his place in goal halfway through last season, the Belgian has been forced to sit out of the Reds first-team.
  5. Mignolet is yet to make a Premier League appearance this season, but Klopp believes he is in the best back-up goalkeeper in the division.

Responding to previous comments from Liverpool midfielder James Milner regarding Mignolet’s importance within the club set-up, Klopp was quick to agree with his vice-captain.

Klopp said: “We only have a first XI. The quality in training when all the boys are fit is incredible.

“I like really that Milly [Milner] picked Simon. I’m sure he thinks of himself as a number one but he’s the best number two in the Premier League.

“He has improved in the last year because of his professionalism and his attitude. It’s just brilliant.

“I’m not in the dressing room constantly but when Milly says something it is 100% true. I’m happy having this quality.”

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“The best attitude I’ve ever seen in my life”

Klopp’s comments on his second-choice goalkeeper come after former Manchester City star Milner highlighted Mignolet’s presence and effort in Liverpool training.

“Someone who hasn’t been spoken about much this season: Simon Mignolet,” he said.

“It’s incredible how he is around the training ground, he has the best attitude I’ve ever seen in my life.

“Every single day, he pushes himself and pushes Ali and the boys to improve.

“Nobody will ever speak about him in the press because he’s not on the field, but he’s been so important for us this season.

“That’s exactly what you need, great characters. Even if you’re not playing as much as you would like, the characters in the dressing room are still standing up.”