Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes Simon Mignolet is one of the best goalkeepers the club have had, but doesn’t think manager Brendan Rodgers is convinced about the Belgian international’s qualities.
Mignolet, 26, joined Liverpool in June 2013 for £9 million after three successful seasons at Sunderland, replacing long-time starter Pepe Reina between the posts.
Rodgers named him among the top keepers in the Premier League at the time but, with his recent performances coming into question, Aldridge believes the Northern Irishman is keen on adding a new shot-stopper in the winter transfer window.
‘When it comes to January, I think we'll see Liverpool spend, and Brendan's got to have a look at bringing a top striker in. I also think he might go in for a goalkeeper,’ he wrote in his column for IBTimes UK.
‘Simon Mignolet's one of the best shot-stoppers Liverpool have had, and if he had Pepe Reina's command of the 18-yard box you'd have a great keeper, but he's young in goalkeeping terms, and I think Brendan might want another option.’
After appearing to miss out on previous reported target Victor Valdes to Manchester United this week, Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on adding Espanyol’s Kiko Casilla to compete with Mignolet.
The Red are also understood to be after another striker following Mario Balotelli’s struggles, and Aldridge is adamant that the right moves will secure the club a top-four finish.
‘If we can get some more fluency, and do the right business in January, there's no reason we can't finish third or fourth,’ he said.
‘Chelsea and City are out on their own at the moment, and it seems United and Arsenal will be Liverpool's main challengers, although you can't write off Everton, Tottenham or Southampton, who have been brilliant so far.
‘At the end of the day, though, it's up to Liverpool. They've got to make some changes quickly, and if they can do that, my old club have every chance of a top-four finish.’