|Desc||Mignolet was the right goalkeeper for the time he spent at Anfield, even if he might not have been as natural a fit either before or after. The Belgian joined from Sunderland in the summer of 2013 after impressing Brendan Rodgers with his displays for the Black Cats, starting every single game in the run to second place in his first season and racking up 155 appearances in total. Pepe Reina, the man who Mignolet replaced, played 121 times in the 2010s before ultimately being forced out by Rodgers|
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2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Simon Mignolet claims to have no regrets at having left Liverpool for Club Brugge in 2019] When I moved over to Belgium, the first couple of weeks, I was in a hotel and organising things, trying to move and the first time when Alisson got injured, I was in my hotel room, filling in some documents, when I suddenly realised that my phone had about 20 or 30 messages. I didn’t know what had happened because I didn’t have Sky in my room. So then I saw that Ali as unfortunately injured. At the same time, I knew that could be the case because he had come back from a long season with the Copa America and of course there is always a risk. I chose to leave not for that because even if I had played [in Adrian’s place] 10 or 15 games, you know when Ali gets back with what he has proven and the level he is at, he will always go back to the starting XI. Even if you play 15 games and keep 15 clean sheets in an unbelievable manner, you would still go back to the bench and that is not the thing I wanted to do at the age of 32. I knew that was a scenario that could pan out, but I still would have made the same decision I did today
I had an unbelievable time. First it was like a great gift to me, I would say, to represent the club as big as Liverpool that is supported all over the world. When I arrived Liverpool was not in the same shape or position that it is today. When I arrived, the idea was to fight at the top of the Premier League and Europe and when I left, that is the position they are in. Probably now, Liverpool is the best club in Europe. I joined and I was there in the whole process of building the club to what it is now, so it was an unbelievable experience for me, personally to be part of that. Like I said, I thank the club for everything they did for me, the supporters I had and the games I played in. In my time, I played a lot games and I was proud to represent the club every time I did. We had some great moments there and to win the Champions League before I left the club was the icing on the cake
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Mignolet reveals Sunderland scrap between Mensah & Onuoha] John Mensah and Nedum Onuoha were two assertive players in the dressing room, not to mention aggressive. After one of them played a short return pass, the other decided to make amends and make him feel small at half-time. At least that was the intention. Our captain [Lee Cattermole] jumped in and Bruce was called from another room where he was with his coaching staff. Bruce said: ‘Let them have a proper fight. If they want to fight, let them fight.’ There was nothing more than a little pushing and pulling. Bruce said: ‘See now. You are a bunch of p*ssies in the dressing room and on the field.’
[Di Canio arrived with Sunderland fighting relegation, and he was less than impressed by what he found at the club’s training base] Paolo went mad when he first saw the players’ buffet, full of grease. He shouted in his funny English with a heavy Italian accent: ‘What is this? What is this? Is this a wedding?’ It was hilarious.
2020 05 17 Retrieve
[Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that news of the side’s Jupiler Pro League win came out of the blue - and via a text message] We got a text message. You can’t really do too much. I drank a glass of champagne with the family and that was it basically. Yes [we feel like champions]. The only difference is that you obviously want to celebrate it on a pitch after a victory and celebrate with your team-mates, the fans, the staff and the club - but we have to accept what time we are in at this moment and that isn’t possible. For me that is more the downside. It was well deserved because we were miles ahead of the rest. We had basically played against every team twice apart from one and, after that, we had so many points that we were clear and were going to be champions one way or another
Liverpool deserve it. In the Premier League, things can twist and change at the end of the season but with the advantage they have got I don’t see anyone being champion other than my old teammates. I am not surprised with how well they have done. The basis was already set, the team was already formed and the performances were there also just before I left. I think everybody expected them to challenge at the top of the league and they have outperformed the rest of the teams. That would make them well-deserved champions
2020 05 30 Retrieve
[Simon Mignolet sees Premier League leaders benefitting from heartache] To be honest this season, already I think the basis was set in the winter time last season. We were winning every game at home, we were very tough to beat, we didn’t concede and we were very stable. But, I think if you win something then you get the confidence of trying to be or being unbeatable and looking forward for the next medal you can win. I also think losing in the Europa League final and then the Champions League final will have helped because going through that it’s not nice and it’s not easy, but I think you learn things like that also. It gets you ready for the next final you have to play and I think that also came in handy last year when we had to play a final against Tottenham, so I think now the team is mature enough to deal with that
[Mignolet was on the bench for that contest, as Alisson figured between the sticks, but the Belgian holds fond memories of a sixth European Cup triumph for the Reds] [It was an] amazing feeling. When I arrived at Liverpool the aim was to fight again both at the top of the English Premier League and in Europe. Before I left we won the Champions League. It was brilliant and I think we deserved it as well throughout the campaign. For example, the game against Barcelona. I think we deserved to be crowned Champions League winners and I’m very proud and happy that I was part of it.