Simon Mignolet says Alisson suffers from same problem he had at Liverpool

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Simon Mignolet was Liverpool's No.1 before Virgil van Dijk arrived


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Alisson’s recent fights boil down to the lack of stability in Liverpool’s defense caused by the absence of Virgil van Dijk, according to Simon Mignolet.
The former Reds No 1 was at Anfield when the Dutch defender arrived from Southampton in January 2018.

Mignolet had regularly dispatched goals behind Liverpool’s fragile defense, which had been a major problem throughout Klopp’s tenure, until Van Dijk arrived.

But he has served as a catalyst for success at Anfield with his absence this season underscoring his importance.

Alisson’s decline in form this quarter coincides with Van Dijk’s injury all season and Mignolet believes the center half is the main defensive cog.

Alisson needed his manager’s support this season
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“This (Alisson’s form) will have several reasons,” he told De Tribune.

“On the one hand, he’s had a few injuries, but there’s also the fact that they’ve missed Virgil van Dijk for most of the season.

“It’s a piece of stability that’s gone anyway. It was actually already a difference when I was there. Van Dijk came over when I found myself on the bench.

Simon Mignolet was Liverpool’s No.1 before Virgil van Dijk arrived
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“From the moment he started playing we stopped the goals. Liverpool with or without him is a huge difference I think.

Alisson conceded three times last week when Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

That means they’ll need another memorable return to Anfield tonight, but Mignolet insists you should never doubt Merseyside’s outfit.

“It will be difficult, but with Liverpool in the Champions League, you never know,” he added.

“They have already saved themselves from more difficult situations. As after the 3-0 defeat in Barcelona or in the final against Milan. You are never done with Liverpool. ”

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