How much of Liverpool's leaky defence is down to Simon Mignolet?

Mignolet

Simon Mignolet has come in for a lot of criticism for his form ever since moving to Anfield, and he made another costly mistake last night in Liverpool's 2-2 against Ludogorets.

Before going any further, let's state the obvious - Simon Mignolet is simply not good enough to be Liverpool's number one goalkeeper. He's usually a great shot stopper, but in all other aspects, poor.

However, he is in danger of becoming the whipping dog for others.

The question has to be how other goalkeepers would be in the same situation? In front of him he has a back four that is woeful. Martin Skrtel gives away stupid free kicks, Dejan Lovren has unaccountably lost his composure and Glen Johnson should never be allowed anywhere near the Liverpool first team.

In front of them is Steven Gerrard, a 'holding midfielder' who is quite clearly not one and provides little protection for a back four that needs all the protection it can get.

At other times, because of the diamond formation, the full backs are pushed forward, leaving the defence terribly exposed.

I suspect any goalkeeper would be vulnerable to conceding too many goals in this situation. I've heard critics say the defensive problems at Liverpool are a result of the players' lack of confidence in Mignolet, but how much confidence could he have in those in front of him?

And if the club needs to rest him, him can this be done without adequate cover? What sort of decision was it to allow Reina to leave in such circumstances? Also, the manager does not feel he needs a defensive coach.

Surely at least as much blame lies with the players in front of him and in the decisions to set the defence up, as it is with Mignolet himself?

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