Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp criticised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for publicly questioning the club’s decision to prevent him from going out on loan.
Mignolet told Belgian media that he found it strange that fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius was allowed to join Besiktas on a two-year loan deal, while he was not allowed to leave Anfield before the end of the transfer window.
“In general, discussing your individual problems in public doesn’t make too much sense,” said Liverpool boss Klopp. It’s always better to speak to each other, I’m a big believer in that. But it was still okay. If he was happy to be a No 2 then I wouldn’t really know him. He’s a top professional, a top goalkeeper, and of course he is not happy to be No 2. But there are worse things in the world that being No 2 – and you are pretty well paid at Liverpool.
“In the first moment when understanding decisions or not, it’s always better to talk to me about that directly than newspapers.”
Mignolet started his career with Belgian Second Division side Sint-Truiden in 2004, and spent six years with the club, making 100 senior league appearances and scoring a goal.
He moved to Premier League side Sunderland in June 2010 for £2 million, spending three years with them and making 101 appearances across all competitions before moving to Liverpool in June 2013 for £9 million.
Mignolet has represented the Belgium national team at every level from under-16 upwards. He made his senior debut in 2011, has since earned over 20 caps. He was also named to Belgium’s squad for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.