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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."

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