‘He’s just not good enough,’ claims former Everton star about Premier League ‘keeper

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has blasted Liverpool shotstopper Simon Mignolet, dismissing his handling ability and questioning whether he is good enough for the Anfield side.

Writing in his Paddy Power blog, the ex-Wales international said: “All I can say about Simon Mignolet is he’s definitely in my top 20 of Premier League goalkeepers.

“And trust me, he doesn’t feature very high on it. When they first bought him, I was surprised.

“When you think of the great Liverpool goalkeepers Tommy Lawrence, Ray Clemence, Bruce Grobbelaar, Pepe Reina – he never struck me as a player capable of hitting those standards.

“His shot-stopping is good, his distribution is decent, but he isn’t the best on crosses.”

Southall has also been critical of the general standard of goalkeeping in the Premier League, and believes that quality keepers are few and far between.

“Hugo Lloris is world class, but after that, I’m not convinced,” he said.

“David de Gea has come on a tonne and could enter that world class bracket in time and Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea looks like the real deal, but being world class comes from concentration and long term consistency.”‘