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Liverpool Slap £15m Pricetag On This Defensive Ace: Should The Reds Let Him Leave?

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According to a recent report by the Daily Mail, Liverpool are ready to part ways with their Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet if their asking price of £15m is met in the summer. The same source has mentioned that Jurgen Klopp is willing to let his substitute keeper leave Anfield but only if the right offer comes in for the player in the offseason.

Mignolet’s Frustrations At Anfield This Season

The former Sunderland goalie has endured a difficult campaign at Merseyside thus far as he has often found himself on Klopp’s bench. The incredible form of Alisson Becker in between the sticks has not helped Mignolet’s cause and so no one would blame him if he wanted to get out of Liverpool in search of regular first-team football.

The 31-year-old has made just two appearances for the Reds this term conceding four goals in all competitions. Since making a high profile move from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, Mignolet has featured in a total of 204 matches for the Merseyside giants, shipping in 239 goals while keeping 66 clean sheets.

The Sint-Truiden born star has also earned a lot of experience at the international level, having represented Belgium in 22 matches across various tournaments. At 31, Mignolet still has a few years left in his tank, but if he is not satisfied with his limited role at Anfield, then a change in scenery might benefit both the player and the club in the long-run.

What Does The Belgian Offer On The Pitch?

The Belgian international has terrific reflexes, which makes him an excellent shot-stopper at the back. Mignolet had even managed to save a penalty against Stoke City on his Liverpool debut, so he has shown enough signs of promise to merit a starting berth at a top level club in Europe.

If the Belgian keeper does end up leaving English football this summer, then it won’t effect Klopp’s first-team plans too much heading into the new season. However, the German manager would have to find a suitable replacement who can provide more competition for Alisson.

Should The Reds Let Him G0?

The Reds have shown in the past that they are not afraid to let some of the sporadic options leave in order to make room for new acquisitions. Hence, cashing in on Mignolet seems like the right thing to do at this point as Klopp has to try and trim his squad to compete with Manchester City for the league title next season.

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