English Premiership

Liverpool outcast Mignolet joins Club Brugge

2019-08-05 09:22
Simon Mignolet (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to sign a new goalkeeper in the coming days after sanctioning Simon Mignolet's move to Club Brugge in Belgium.

The goalkeeper has agreed on a five-year contract, pending a medical, the Belgian club have announced.

It's widely understood the two clubs agreed on a deal worth an initial £6.4 million, potentially rising to £8.2 million with add-ons.

Mignolet lost his place at Anfield first to Loris Karius and, when the German was offloaded to Besiktas on loan after a nightmare Champions League final, to Alisson Becker following the Brazil international's £65 million arrival last summer.

After featuring just twice last season in cup matches the 31-year-old, an unused substitute for the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, told manager Jurgen Klopp when he returned for pre-season training he wanted first-team football.

Klopp wanted him to stay and initially rejected the idea he could leave but the goalkeeper's wish has now been granted.

Mignolet flew to Belgium after leaving Wembley on Sunday evening to complete the formalities of his move.

Mignolet told HLN: "It was a hectic day. I'm happy to be back in Belgium. Looking forward to be playing again."

Liverpool will look to sign an experienced replacement as cover for Alisson before the close of the transfer window on Thursday with the Evening Standard claiming Southampton's Alex McCarthy is under consideration once again.

McCarthy was left out of Southampton's squad which defeated FC Cologne over the weekend, while the Liverpool Echo reports former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is a contender.

 

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