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Klopp: Mignolet's role is not two shabby


Game time: Mignolet

Game time: Mignolet

Game time: Mignolet

Jurgen Klopp has told Simon Mignolet that being deputy to Alisson Becker is "not the worst job in the world".

The Belgian seemed destined for the Anfield exit following the £65million arrival of the Brazilian this summer for what was, at the time, a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

But Loris Karius - to whom Mignolet lost his place last season -has agreed a two-year loan to Besiktas, with the Turkish club having a option to buy for £7.25m.

It left Mignolet facing another campaign as second choice and prompted him to go public in Belgium saying he still wanted to play and did not know what the future held for him.

Liverpool boss Klopp understood the player's frustrations, saying: "It is true he will not depart, of course not.''

Klopp, speaking ahead of today's early kick-off at Leicester, added: "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. But it was still OK.

"We are all human beings and I have no problem with that, and if he was happy to be a No.2 then I wouldn't really know him.

"He is a top professional and there are worse things in the world than being No.2. Pretty good pay by the way at Liverpool.''

But Klopp took a more hands-off view about Mohamed Salah's ongoing image rights dispute with the Egyptian FA, which was prompted by the forward being pictured during the World Cup with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Klopp said he had no concerns about the usually reserved Salah becoming distracted.

"About the thing with the Egyptian FA I can't say too much, it is really something between the player and the FA," he said.

"I spoke to Mo about that but it is not for us to intervene. They will solve that, I am sure.

"It is really between Mo and the FA, that is all I can say about that.

"As long as they talk about us pretty much everything is allowed - well maybe not everything, but a lot."