Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his disappointment in backup ‘keeper Simon Mignolet for venting his frustration over transfers publicly.
The Reds have had an extremely busy summer in the transfer market, most notably signing Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson from AS Roma for a then-record fee of £67 million – as per Sky Sports.
The German coach acknowledged the fact that he needed a more reliable number one after Loris Karius endured a nightmare 90 minutes in the Champions League final against Real Madrid back in May, so he acted by signing Alisson and sending Karius out on loan to Besiktas in Turkey.
According to ESPN, Belgian goalkeeper Mignolet took issue with Karius being allowed to leave to receive regular playing time, given the fact that Liverpool had reportedly turned down several approaches for himself over the last few months.
ESPN reports that Klopp has reacted angrily to one of his players voicing such a negative opinion in the media, believing that the 30-year-old should have spoken to him one on one rather than spouting off to reporters.
“It is true he will not depart, of course not,” the Reds boss told the media on Friday. “In general discussing your individual problems in public does not make too much sense, it is better to speak to each other, I’m a big believer in that.
“He is a top professional, a top goalkeeper and of course he is not happy to be No. 2 but at the end there are worse things in the world than being No. 2 — pretty good pay by the way at Liverpool.
“Matt [McCann, Liverpool’s head of press] told me — usually I would not even be aware of it.
“It makes not too much sense, if you want to say something to me say it directly — that helps.”
Following his comments, it now seems unlikely that Mignolet will be given much playing time ahead of Alisson, especially given the fact that the Brazil international has hit the ground running at Anfield at the start of the new Premier League season.
Liverpool have won all three of their opening games without conceding, with supporters hopeful that the club has finally found the missing link between the sticks to help them mount a serious title challenge this year.