Jurgen Klopp: “I’ll always be grateful to him”

Liverpool have accepted a transfer bid for Belgium stopper Simon Mignolet according to reports in England. It is understood that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reluctantly sanctioned the deal after being impressed with Mignolet attitude and commitment to training.

The 31-year-old is expected to sign with native club Club Brugge and has arrived in Belgium to complete the move. It is understood that Club Brugge agreed to pay a transfer fee of £6.4 million for the stopper.

Mignolet has been a good servant for the club despite the club failing to grant him a transfer in January. It is understood that rather than prove disruptive, the former Sunderland stopper continued with professionalism and encouraged Alisson last season.

It is understood that Liverpool were willing to listen to offers from English clubs for the Belgium stopper this summer. English side Bournemouth and Norwich were said to be interested in his services before Club Brugge moved to swoop in for the goalkeeper.

Liverpool have already moved quickly to sign a replacement with Spanish stopper Adrian arriving on a free transfer. Liverpool fans will have fond memories of the Mignolet despite some errors during his time at the club.

As Culled from Liverpool’s official website, Jurgen Klopp was quoted as saying:

“The service he [Mignolet] has given this club during his time here means I cannot ignore an opportunity for him that will impact so positively on his future. I think what he has done for LFC means he earns the right to do something that helps him in this moment.

“Brugge are so lucky to have him. The shape he is in – the quality he has – he could play 10 years for this team if both want that, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I will always be grateful for everything Simon has done for me and the staff while we have been here and I know his teammates will miss him also.

“But we say farewell and good luck with a host of happy memories and we tell him the best seats in the house are available to him and his family whenever they want to come back to Anfield in the future.”

He spent six years at Anfield making 204 appearances during that period.