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Former Liverpool player just won fourth title in five years amid dramatic last day scenes

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has worth a fourth Belgian title with Club Brugge.
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Liverpool, like every other club, buys and sells players every summer. But most players who leave Liverpool don't tend to do that well after they say goodbye to Anfield.

This has been the case for a number of players in recent years. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Gini Wijanldum, Sadio Mané, Divock Origi and Naby Keïta have all struggled after leaving Merseyside for pastures new.

In the last 15 years or so, only a handful of players like Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling and Javier Mascherano could really make the claim to have performed better after leaving Liverpool. One person whoever who is excelling away from Anfield is former Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

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Mignolet spent nine years in England. He joined Sunderland in 2010 and stayed three years with the north-east outfit, before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2013 to work under then-coach Brendan Rogers.

Mignolet stayed at Anfield for six years, playing a total of 204 games for the club in all competitions. He made 155 appearances in the Premier League, and was the club's first-choice goalkeeper for most of the period until Alisson Becker was signed in the summer of 2018.

Mignolet did battle with Loris Karius in 2017/18, infamously not playing in that year's Champions League final. With the German sent out on loan, he then stayed for one more season after Alisson had been signed, but was firmly relegated to the number two position — though he did depart as a European Cup winner.

Then 31, the Belgian goalkeeper moved back to his native Belgium and joined Club Brugge. Since then, Mignolet has enjoyed tremendous success. Last weekend saw the club win its fourth Belgian Pro League title in five seasons, seeing off the challenge of Union Saint Gilloise in the six-team mini league that follows the regular season.

A goalless draw on the final day of the season against city neighbor Cerle Brugge was enough to earn the title by a single point, despite a win for Union SG, making it four triumphs in the last half-decade. Mignolet has now made more appearances for Club Brugge than any previous side in his career, with the 36-year-old having lined out some 242 times.

Brugge came very close to qualifying for the UEFA Europa Conference League final, losing to Italian side Fiorentina 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-final. Brugge also reached the semi-final of the Belgian Cup, losing to Union SG 3-2 on aggregate.

Liverpool.com says: It's nice to see Mignolet winning multiple titles at Brugge. Always a solid goalkeeper during his time at Liverpool, it's always good to see former players achieving glory elsewhere, especially in the autumn of their careers.