Simon Mignolet says that rumours concerning his goalkeeping position at Liverpool are “normal”.
Mignolet has endured a mixed campaign at Liverpool, making a number of high-profile mistakes and once even being selected behind Adam Bogdan for an actual Premier League game.
The Belgian keeper’s indifferent form has led to his club being linked with a number of replacements ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Liverpool have been credited with an interest in Bundesliga duo Timo Horn of FC Koln and FSV Mainz’s Loris Karius in recent weeks, while a number of other goalkeepers have also been linked to Anfield.
Speaking to German magazine SportBild about the rumours, Mignolet says: “It is normal for such rumours, at a big club there’s much more focus than at a small club. Especially on the position of the goalkeeper, where each error usually results in a goal. I’ve been three years at Liverpool and know how to deal with it. Especially since I read the biography of Robert Enke.
“Enke’s life with this disease, that has really impressed upon me. Even if it came to a tragic end. It’s my favourite book. I believe that our characters are completely different. But I could empathise with his every thought, because those moments all goalkeepers have probably faced. The criticism in the media, by the fans, even appearance. An injustice that is misplaced. That’s not just me like that, I know from conversations with colleagues.”
Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze has also been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, and Mignolet said: “Every German international would be a plus for any team in Europe. And so it would certainly also be with Gotze.”