The Reds took the battle for the title to the last game in the season just gone, but ultimately lost out to Manchester City.
Although separated by just two points, the gulf between the clubs’ goal differences was large, with Liverpool’s hefty 50 against – the highest in the top five – widely seen as the major factor in their inability to lift the big trophy for the first time in 24-years.
Although some criticism was levelled at their back four, a number of pundits and fans pointed the finger at Mignolet.
The Belgian was in his first season at Anfield following a move from Sunderland, and was promptly made No 1 as Brendan Rodgers axed Reina.
Grobbelaar – who was critical of the Merseysiders’ stopper last term – told talkSPORT that had they had the Spaniard – who now plays for Bayern Munich – in goal they may well have got over the line in first spot:
“I said last season I didn’t think Simon Mignolet was an all-round keeper,
“I was crucified in the press for saying that, but when you look at the amount of goals he let in last season we eventually finished in second place.
“Had we had Pepe Reina in goal we might have won the league, who knows?
“It was Brendan Rodgers’ call to back Mignolet and let Reina go.”