Everton goalkeeping legend slams Liverpool stopper Mignolet

Neville Southall does not believe that Simon Mignolet is a Liverpool standard goalkeeper.

Simon Mignolet has had a rough time of it lately. The £9 million Liverpool signing from last summer has failed to live up to his potential at Anfield - with many questioning the decision to replace Pepe Reina with the Belgian.

He has found himself criticised, sometimes unfairly, by several pundits and now a name most Liverpool fans would not want to hear badmouthing their goalkeeper has joined the frame.

As if Gary Neville was not bad enough, Everton goalkeeping legend Neville Southall has joined the party. Southall played for Everton from 1981 until 1998 - playing 750 games for the club and at the time was considered one of th greatest goalkeepers in world football.

But the Welshman does not feel Mignolet has what it takes to play for Liverpool.

He wrote in his Paddy Power blog:

"All I can say about Simon Mignolet is he’s definitely in my Top 20 of Premier League goalkeepers. And trust me, he doesn’t feature very high on it.

"When they first bought him, I was surprised. When you think of the great Liverpool goalkeepers Tommy Lawrence, Ray Clemence, Bruce Grobbelaar, Pepe Reina – he never struck me as a player capable of hitting those standards.

"He’s only 26, but from what I’ve seen, he’s just never going to be a Liverpool standard goalie. If you plan on winning leagues and trophies, you need a keeper who’ll pull games out of the fire for you. I don’t see that in him."

Strong words from Southall, who clearly believes that Mignolet can not cut the mustard at Liverpool FC.

Brendan Rodgers is said to be keen on bringing in a new stopper in January, with Mignolet seemingly seeing his position coming under threat.

As far as this goalkeeping legend is concerned - that would be the best Liverpool can do.

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