Mark Bosnich: Simon Mignolet needs more competition at Liverpool

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The former Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa goalkeeper said Simon Mignolet needs more competition for his place in the Liverpool side.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has said that Liverpool need to sign another goalkeeper to provide adequate competition for Simon Mignolet.

The Reds stopper hasn't been in the best of form and has come in for some criticism this season given the side have only kept the two clean sheets so far this term.

The club were interested in signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer, with the Spaniard currently a free agent, but Liverpool reportedly walked away from the deal with claims the goalkeeper wanted to agree certain terms before proving his fitness after suffering an ACL injury, which prevented him making a lucrative move to Monaco.

Bosnich told TalkSport: “As players, at the time you don’t enjoy having somebody breathing down your neck for your place but when you look back after your career has finished you realise it contributes to you having the best form of your life.

“I think that is what he 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.

“I think it is important for Liverpool [to sign another goalkeeper]. I don’t think he is doing ridiculously bad but for a top, top goalkeeper he has to do better and I think that would push him to a better level.”

There have been a one or two names linked with a move to the Reds aside from Valdes. Michel Vorm's named was mentioned in the summer before he left Swansea City to join Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto has been mentioned a lot more recently, with his name also cropping up in the summer.

Brad Jones isn't really seen as the man to provide enough competition for the Belgian but it does seem as though they're not entirely happy with Mignolet. But he has between now and January to prove that he should hold on to his place for the foreseeable future following the next transfer window.

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