Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits he is considering his future at the club after Loris Karius took over as first-choice.
The Belgium international has not played since the New Year’s Day win at Burnley and before Sunday’s victory over Manchester City manager Jurgen Klopp effectively said the place was Karius’ to lose.
While he did not underline that faith with his performance against Pep Guardiola’s side, allowing Leroy Sane to beat him at his near post, Karius is expected to be in goal again for Monday’s trip to Swansea.
That has left Mignolet, who has been Liverpool’s established number one since arriving from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, considering his options.
“Ten days ago, after the game against Burnley, I had a conversation with Klopp,” Mignolet told Belgian media outlet Sporza.
“In the Christmas period we had rotated again and I felt that that was not a healthy situation for a keeper.
“Klopp then told me what (on) Sunday was confirmed before and after the match but of course I’m not happy with that – but no heavy words have come afterwards.
“Of course I am not satisfied with that, but I always have to respect the trainer’s decision.
“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.
“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.”
Paul Pogba says Manchester United still have their sights set on catching Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
Pogba was on fine form as United beat Stoke 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday, a result which reduced the gap to leaders City to 12 points.
Asked if City’s 4-3 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday gave the Red Devils a lift, Pogba told Sky Sports: “Obviously we see Manchester City in front of us and they lost.
“They are first so we always want to catch them, so it was good that they lost, so for us we have to think about ourselves.
“It’s good that they lose points but we have to go back to winning because we want to catch them again.”
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Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent start to 2018 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a Stoke side watched by their incoming boss Paul Lambert.
Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku got the goals as United responded to leaders Manchester City’s first Premier League loss with a third win of the calendar year to cut the gap to Pep Guardiola’s men to 12 points.
Jose Mourinho’s attention will now turn to transfers, with City understood to have stood aside in the pursuit of United target Alexis Sanchez on Monday night, while Potters boss Lambert will focus on elevating Stoke out of the bottom three when he starts work on Tuesday.
Tweet of the match
That is a stunning goal from Martial, brilliantly seen by the excellent Pogba.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 15, 2018
Star man – Paul Pogba
Another slick performance from the France international, who teed up the first two goals and produced many other eye-catching passes. Compatriot Martial also impressed.
Business imminent for United?
There was plenty of talk in the build-up about potential transfer activity for United – and that only increased on Monday evening. During the game the Red Devils’ chances of signing Sanchez looked to be boosted, with it being understood that Manchester City had ended their interest in signing the Chilean.
And just prior to kick-off Henrikh Mkhitaryan, reportedly a possible makeweight in the Sanchez deal, appeared close the United exit door. The Armenian did not feature in the hosts’ matchday squad and Mourinho said doubts over the midfielder’s future had influenced the decision to leave him out.
Watching brief for Lambert
There was a major piece of news involving Stoke earlier on Monday as they announced Lambert’s appointment. The Scot was in the stands at Old Trafford – first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki overseeing things from the dug-out – and observed a mixed bag of a display from the Potters.
Certainly, there were encouraging moments, with the visitors having a number of chances to score. But those opportunities were not seized upon, and in the end, it was a comfortable victory for United. Stoke are 18th, have conceded 50 goals in 23 league games and Lambert looks to have a considerable job on his hands.
David De Gea 7 (out of 10)
Antonio Valencia 7
Phil Jones 7
Chris Smalling 6
Luke Shaw 6
Nemanja Matic 6
Paul Pogba 8
Juan Mata 6
Jesse Lingard 5
Anthony Martial 8
Romelu Lukaku 7
Marouane Fellaini (for Lingard, 80 mins) 6
Marcus Rashford (for Martial, 80) 6
Scott McTominay (for Mata, 83) 6
Jack Butland 6
Moritz Bauer 6
Kurt Zouma 6
Bruno Martins Indi 6
Josh Tymon 5
Darren Fletcher 6
Joe Allen 6
Xherdan Shaqiri 6
Stephen Ireland 6
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 5
Peter Crouch 5
Kevin Wimmer (for Tymon, 46) 5
Ramadan Sobhi (for Choupo-Moting, 61) 5
Mame Diouf (for Crouch, 70) 5.
Who’s up next?
Burnley v Manchester United (Premier League, January 20)
Stoke v Huddersfield (Premier League, January 20)
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