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Simon Mignolet has had his say on Alisson's season so far at Liverpool

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Liverpool's problems between the sticks plagued them for four years before the arrival of Alisson Becker. 

It took £67million to lure the Brazilian from Roma, but he has been worth every penny, conceding just 10 goals in the Premier League all season. 

At the same stage last term, after 21 games, the Reds had let in 24 and sat fourth in the table. 

Even though Loris Karius' time at Anfield reached its nadir in the Champions League final, it's important to remember that his blunders against Real Madrid weren't exactly a one-off. 

Jurgen Klopp was unconvinced by both the German and his under-study, Simon Mignolet, hence why he was willing to smash the then-transfer record for a goalkeeper this summer. 

It was a move that ultimately pushed Karius out the door on loan to Besiktas, where his performances have been mixed. 

The Turkish club have seen some positive signs from him as he looks to rebuild his confidence, yet there have also been a few more errors. 

Spare a thought, however, for Mignolet, who was unable to leave Merseyside despite knowing his opportunities will be very limited going forward. 

The Reds couldn't allow both their back-up options to depart, meaning the Belgian has been twiddling his thumbs on the bench. 

Mignolet understands his predicament 

His only appearance this season came in the League Cup 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, a tally he is at least expected to add to on Monday against Wolves in the FA Cup. 

In spite of his unfortunate situation, he has had nothing but positive things to say about Alisson, admitting he hopes he can learn something by training alongside the 26-year-old. 

Mignolet sought a move away in the summer

“I’m behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper - probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best - and you can accept and understand it," he told the Liverpool website. 

“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.

When asked to name Alisson's best attributes, he added: 

“I think he’s just a naturally good goalkeeper. He’s got the talent and everything comes natural to him, which makes him a really special goalkeeper.

“He doesn’t have to really think about anything and switch off, it’s always coming fluently and that makes it very easy for him to play in goal.

Alisson has let in fewer goals than any other PL goalkeeper

“He’s No.1 for Brazil in front of the ‘keeper for Manchester City [Ederson] so that says itself a lot already. He’s doing really well for the team and I can only learn from him.”

Really nice to see from Mignolet, who is an unenviable position as long as Alisson continues to star. 

It's very difficult to begrudge the stopper his success, though, when he could prove a key component in the club's first title-winning side in 29 years. 

What do you make of Mignolet's interview? Have your say in the comments. 

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Alisson Becker
Jurgen Klopp
Simon Mignolet
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