Why Liverpool 29-year-old rising from the ashes must be sold this summer
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Simon Mignolet has often been made the scapegoat when things don’t go Liverpool’s way.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper has endured endless criticism in his ability since earning the right to wear the No.1 jersey at Anfield, but has faced a massive test this season following the arrival of Loris Karius.
Jurgen Klopp move to acquire the young German goalkeeper last summer and immediately made him his new first choice goalkeeper, leading to speculation over the role and long term future of Mignolet.
But even Karius struggled for consistency, and Mignolet was eventually recalled to the first team setup after a series of high profile errors from his positional rival.
However, even Mignolet has had moments of concern, which leaves Liverpool likely to re-enter the transfer market this summer for another goalkeeper.
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Although Liverpool now face yet another potential transfer U-turn, following Mignolet’s recent impressive displays for the club.
The Belgium international stopper shone for Liverpool in their recent win over West Brom, keeping a first clean sheet in his last eight Premier League appearances.
He produced a fine save to deny West Brom winger Matt Phillips shortly before the final whistle, and help preserve a valuable win in the race to finish in the top four.
Mignolet also made played a starring role as Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke a week earlier, capping off a fine run of form since the new year.
He looked certain to be hung out to dry by the club this summer, but since the win over Tottenham in February, he is like a phoenix risen from the ashes.
However, Liverpool could still do better. Despite his recent success, he is still an error-prone goalkeeper, and fans cannot overlook the fact that he is probably due an error in the coming weeks.
The Merseyside club are well-positioned to finish in the Premier League top four this season, but they will be looking to go one better next season and make an impact in both the title race and in the Champions League.
To do that, they will need a better, and more reliable goalkeeper in between the sticks.
Given the recent arrival of Karius, and his potential to be a more long-term asset to the club, if there is one goalkeeper that will be sold this summer it is Mignolet.
There is no point having them both wasting away on the sidelines, so if Liverpool want to bring in a quality new addition his summer, Mignolet will have to make way.
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