Ex-Manchester United and Australian national team goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes that a lack of competition is to blame for Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet’s recent string of dodgy performances.
The Belgian keeper has been criticised for a lack of positional awareness and for his vulnerability in dealing with set-pieces, and Bosnich is adamant that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers needs to sign another goalkeeper to provide Mignolet with some healthy competition.
“He hasn’t had enough competition behind him,” said Bosnich, speaking to talkSPORT.
“At the time, as a player, you don’t enjoy having somebody breathing down your neck for your place. When you look back though, after your career has finished, you realise it contributes to you having the best form of your life.
“That is what Mignolet needs. He needs a back-up goalkeeper that is going to put him under pressure. Brendan Rodgers can then say to him if he is having a bad time, ‘OK, you can take a couple of weeks out’. [Manuel] Pellegrini did it with Joe Hart.
“It’s important for Liverpool [to sign another goalkeeper]. I don’t think he is doing ridiculously bad but, for a top goalkeeper, he has to do better. That would push him to a better level.”
Bosnich had two spells at Manchester United, amassing a total of 26 Premier League appearances, and was described as a “terrible professional” in Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been linked with moves for ex-Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes and Fiorentina shot-stopper Neto in recent weeks.