Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar believes that Simon Mignolet’s performances have been a major factor in the Reds’ poor start to the season and has dubbed the Belgian “worse than Dracula”.
The Mersesysiders could be eliminated from the Champions League this evening with a loss at Ludogorets, which would accompany their dreadful opening 12 games in the Premier League – they sit in 12th spot.
Mignolet was heavily criticised at the end of last season as the Merseysiders narrowly missed out on a first title in 24 years, and his performances have once again been shaky in 2014/15.
Grobbelaar – who starred for Liverpool in the ‘80s and 90’s, winning the European Cup along the way – feels that the current Anfield No. 1 is not fit for the job, and that his showings are a massive factor in the club’s struggles:
“I’ve said that he doesn’t command his area,” he is quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “Yes he’s a great shot-stopper; I was slaughtered last year by Liverpool fans saying that I’m being too harsh on him. I’m not being too harsh. Not at all.
“I’ve likened him ‘worse than Dracula’ because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then. He [Mignolet] seems to stay on his line and that’s it.
“In this modern day and age, in modern goalkeeping, if you come out and you catch the ball and you get smacked, you’re going to get the foul.
“It’s not rocket science… You’re going to get a lot more fouls for you and less are going to go in the back of the net.”