Fraser Forster v Simon Mignolet - should Liverpool have signed Southampton goalkeeper?

Mignolet

The Reds shot stopper has endured a terrible campaign so far. Should the Anfield side have signed Fraser Forster before Southampton recruited him?

After yet another poor Simon Mignolet performance, the Liverpool goalkeeper is under severe pressure at Anfield.

The Belgian just has no command of his back four and looks like committing an error every time he puts his Liverpool kit on.

Former Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar recently compared Mignolet do Dracula - and Brendan Rodgers and the 'transfer committee' look as though they should have replaced the 26-year-old before it was too late.

And why didn't they make a move for Fraser Forster in the summer?

 Premier League & Champions League (for Mignolet) Saves (per game)Crosses claimedKeeper sweepersGoal-kick accuracyClean sheetsGoals concededErrors leading to a shotAppearancesMinutes Played
Simon Mignolet 3 0.76 0.41 76% 0.12 1.53 0.12 17 1,530
Fraser Forster 1.5 1.58 0.33 49% 0.58 0.5 0 12 1,080

As Opta stats show, the Southampton goalkeeper outshines Mignolet in several key areas. He makes less saves per game as he is supported by a much better defence.

However, he averages less errors leading to a shot - which is a crucial statistic - and is much better in the air from crosses.

Mignolet's goal-kick accuracy is better but just look at how many goals Forster concedes per game less. Granted, he is once again helped by the Saints' back four in this regard.

But a key reason as to why they are so much better is that they have such a commanding goalkeeper in behind.

Forster would have been available for Liverpool at Celtic - proven by Southampton's signing of the England shot stopper - but, instead, the 26-year-old was allowed to join the Saints, with Dejan Lovren brought to Anfield from St Mary's...

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