As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Club Brugge goalkeeper Mignolet: I know what I gave up leaving Liverpool

Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says leaving Liverpool last summer was the right decision.

Mignolet is aware he could end up missing out on a Premier League winners' medal.

But he told, "I knew what I was walking away from. But I was comfortable with that.

"At Liverpool, we won the Champions League last season, and I know I played a part in that success even if I didn't play the games. It will always be a very proud moment for me.

"But if you ask me honestly, I will say I prefer to win the Belgian League by playing every game.

"People have said I was an important figure in the dressing room at Liverpool, which is nice and is a compliment for sure. But I want to be important on the field as well, and hopefully at Brugge now I am both.

"I think it got to the stage where I had to leave," he says, without a hint of bitterness. “I had been sitting on the bench for a year and a half, and with Euro 2020 coming up I knew that I needed to be playing regularly if I wanted to be part of the Belgian squad.

"The more time you spend on the bench, as a No.2 goalkeeper, the harder it is to come back and play at a high level. I believe that.

"Some people are able to accept being a backup, and that can work for them. But for me, I am not a character who wants to sit on the bench. I want to play, and this summer the opportunity came up to come back to Belgium and it was the right one."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free