John Arne Riise has revealed that he wasn’t a fan of Liverpool’s current goalkeeper Simon Mignolet until recently.
The former Liverpool left-back, who spent seven years at Anfield before leaving the club in 2008, was asked by a supporter on Twitter to give his thoughts on the Belgium international.
“Wasn't a fan..” Riise admitted, before adding: “That's changed now.”
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Mignolet replaced fan favourite Pepe Reina in the summer of 2013, following his £9 million move from Sunderland.
The 27-year-old has endured a few difficult moments at Anfield but, on the whole, he’s been a reliable goalkeeper for the Reds.
Earlier this week - per the Liverpool Echo - former striker John Aldridge went as far as saying that Mignolet has been the club’s best shot-stopper since Ray Clemence. High praise indeed.
Liverpool also came agonisingly close to ending their long wait for the league title with Mignolet in between the sticks - back in 2013-14 season - and the Merseyside outfit’s dramatic end-of-season capitulation wasn’t because of the Belgian keeper.
Mignolet silenced his critics
There were rumours last season that Brendan Rodgers wasn’t entirely convinced about Mignolet and had identified the former Barcelona star Victor Valdes as a potential replacement. However, that move failed to materialise after the Spain international began training with Manchester United, before signing an 18-month contract with the Red Devils.
Those rumours surfaced around the same time that Mignolet was going through a shaky spell with the Reds - this analysis by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football did little for his reputation, either.
However, Mignolet has managed to turn things around at Anfield, and changed the minds of many doubters - Riise included.
Liverpool fans: are you happy with Simon Mignolet as your number one goalkeeper? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!