Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has stated that he had to leave the club due to lack of opportunity.

The current Club Brugge goalkeeper spent six years at Anfield, but he lost his spot permanently when Jurgen Klopp signed Alisson from Roma in the summer of 2018.

Playing first-team football remained an objective for Mignolet, which saw the Belgian look for a move away from Liverpool.

“No, I’m really pleased for them!” Mignolet told Goal when asked whether he was jealous of where Liverpool currently sit in the Premier League. “I hope to God they win it!

“I knew what I was walking away from. But I was comfortable with that. If you ask me honestly, I will say I prefer to win the Belgian League by playing every game.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Saturday, September 9, 2017: Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet warms-up before the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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“People have said I was an important figure in the dressing room at Liverpool, which is nice and is a compliment for sure. But I want to be important on the field as well, and hopefully at Brugge now I am both.

“I had been sitting on the [Liverpool] bench for a year and a half, and with Euro 2020 coming up I knew that I needed to be playing regularly if I wanted to be part of the Belgian squad.

“The more time you spend on the bench, as a No.2 goalkeeper, the harder it is to come back and play at a high level. I believe that.”

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