SIMON MIGNOLET has dealt Liverpool a blow – by suggesting he might QUIT Anfield this month for the sake of his World Cup prospects.
The Belgium keeper has been the Reds’ first alternative since his £9million transfer from Sunderland in 2013.
However Mignolet has needed to share first-team duties with Loris Karius this season, with boss Jurgen Klopp as soon as once more favouring his German compatriot for Sunday’s Four-Three win over Manchester Metropolis.
The Belgian, 29, now fears for his place within the Crimson Devils’ squad for Russia this summer time if he continues to play second fiddle to 24-year-old Karius.
Mignolet insisted: “I’ll quickly be 30, and the World Cup finals are coming round. My present scenario clearly cannot proceed for much longer.
“Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, watched the Manchester Metropolis sport and despatched me a message of assist afterwards. I respect it lots.
“I do know he has numerous religion in me, and I performed effectively within the current pleasant towards Japan.
“However it’s all the time essential for me to be taking part in matches.
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“I all the time attempt to preserve calm, and I’ve come again stronger from related conditions prior to now.
“However in fact I’ve to consider my very own future. All I can do is focus in coaching and do my finest.
“I had a dialogue with Jurgen Klopp after we performed Burnley on January 1. He had rotated us over the Christmas interval, and I do not suppose that could be a wholesome scenario for a goalkeeper.
“Klopp then advised me what was going to occur for the Manchester Metropolis sport. After all I used to be not blissful, though no harsh phrases had been mentioned.
“He advised me truthfully that Karius is forward of me within the pecking order. I’m completely not proud of this, though I all the time need to respect the coach’s choice.
“In any case that has gone on this season, I now know the place I’m – and the scenario has grow to be clearer.
“I’ve captained the aspect thrice this season. I requested for an evidence to the weird scenario after the Burnley sport.
“We then performed Everton within the FA Cup, and after a protracted break the Manchester Metropolis sport got here round.
“I had a premonition about what would possibly occur with me – and it turned out to be right.”