'I prefer to play': Mignolet has no regrets over quitting Liverpool

‘I prefer to play’: Simon Mignolet has no regrets over quitting Liverpool for Club Brugge, despite missing out on Premier League winner’s medal with Jurgen Klopp’s champions to be

  • Simon Mignolet left Liverpool for Belgian side Club Brugge in the summer  
  • The keeper had been firmly replaced as go-to shot-stopper by Alisson Becker
  • Mignolet plays every game, but will miss out on a Premier League winners medal
  • Brugge are also top of the league though, and Mignolet is not looking back  

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he has no regrets about leaving Anfield last summer even though it’s meant losing out on a certain Premier League title winners medal.

Mignolet, 31, was part of Liverpool’s 2014 side that came so close to being champions under Brendan Rodgers.

He decided in August to join Bruges rather than remain an understudy to Allisson, a decision that backfired soon afterwards when Jurgen Klopp’s No1 hurt his calf and allowed the new deputy Adrian to play 10 league games.

Simon Mignolet insists he has no regrets about leaving Liverpool in the summer for Bruges 

The stopper is enjoying life in Belgium, but will miss out on a Premier League winner’s medal

Mignolet had been replaced by Alisson as Liverpool’s number one, rarely getting game time 

‘The moment Alisson got injured I received a lot of messages along the lines of “You’ve just gone and he’s got injured”. But I knew that could happen when I made my transfer. I just wanted to play week-in, week-out and that is what I am doing now.

‘It was well thought through by me. I preferred to play regularly than 10 or 15 games a season. We are top of the league in Belgium and are in the cup final so I could win the Double.’

Mignolet will be rooting for his former team-mates to finish the job and claim their first championship since 1990.

The keeper celebrated Champions League victory with the Reds before moving on 

When Alisson was injured earlier this season, Mignolet did not regret his move away 

‘I keep a close eye on them and hope from the bottom of my heart they win the title as quickly as possible. They will deserve it. I’m not surprised they are doing well. It has been growing over time. Even when I was there, we didn’t lose any home games and the team was already solid.’

Mignolet was part of a Bruges team battered 5-0 by Manchester Untied at Old Trafford on Thursday night after going down to 10 men early.

‘I can only judge United by what I saw and they played a really good game. Bruno Fernandes will be one helluva player.’

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