Ever since the days of Pepe Reina, Liverpool have failed to replace the magnificent Spanish shot stopper who left Anfield for German giants Bayern Munich before moving to Serie A side Napoli. Even Brad Jones was deputising in between the sticks. For a club like Liverpool, with massive stature and history, a good quality goalkeeper is a priority. The Reds though that Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet would be the answer after arriving from fellow Premier League outfit Sunderland in 2013 for a £9m fee.
Yes, Mignolet is a decent shot stopper and most efforts that come towards him are dealt with effectively and efficiently. However, his decision making, distribution and commandment in the penalty area are his major downfall’s and Liverpool are suffering. In the Europa League in November, Mignolet was the guilty man for conceding first against French outfit Bordeaux to now Newcastle United winger Henri Saivet, but he eventually produced a sigh of relief as the Reds eventually won 2-1. However, how often can Liverpool keep getting Mignolet out of trouble?
His latest blunder in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City that saw Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho get his name on the score sheet could lose Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s first trophy as chief for the Anfield outfit. With transfer rumours starting to mount ahead of the summer, Barcelona’s Marc Ter-Stegen looks a better fit than Mignolet.