Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has described the decision to loan out Loris Karius as “strange” as he admits he remains uncertain on his own future at Anfield.
As per BBC Sport, Karius has completed a two-year loan deal to join Besiktas this summer after being displaced as Liverpool’s first choice between the posts by summer signing Alisson.
The German shot-stopper endured a nightmare in the Champions League final last season, while further woes in pre-season seemingly led the Merseyside giants to address the issue.
While his departure now moves Mignolet up to second choice, the Belgian international has insisted that he isn’t prepared to stick around for a back-up role as he has suggested that his future still lies away from Liverpool but also hit out at the decision to loan out Karius over sorting his future.
“Being number two or number three makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important thing,” he is quoted as saying by The Express. “I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is. We will see what happens this week.
“I find it bizarre that Karius was loaned while I also had options to be loaned. But for some reason that was not possible. A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last year may leave on a loan basis. Strange.”
With the deadline for most European clubs still open until Friday, there is still an opportunity for Mignolet to secure a departure but time will tell if Jurgen Klopp allows it as he’ll be left short behind Alisson in that department if he offloads both his other senior options.
In turn, it’s hard not to share sympathy for the 30-year-old if he doesn’t secure an exit, as he’ll be desperate to play regularly and seemingly won’t get that at Liverpool which means another season of frustration could lie ahead while Karius gets a fresh start in Turkey.