First-choice Reds’ stopper Simon Mignolet has been coming under increasing criticism in recent weeks, with his lack of confidence costing Liverpool a number of results.
He was at fault again this week, failing to hold onto a long range strike against Ludogorets, allowing Dani Abalo to rush in and give the Bulgarian side the lead in the Champions League. Whilst he suffered many of the same faults last season, the goalscoring of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge covered up any defensive problems, but, this season, Mignolet’s faults have come to the fore, with no one to make up for his errors.
The signing of a new goalkeeper has been heavily touted to happen over the January transfer window, but it will be a hard task for Brendan Rodgers, with few top quality goalkeepers on the market. The Reds have been linked with Real Madrid stopper Iker Casillas, but he is unlikely to leave Spain in January, whilst Chelsea’s second-choice veteran Petr Cech has been reportedly tracked by both Liverpool and Premier League rivals Arsenal.
32-year-old Cech could be a good signing for the Merseyside club, as he brings Premier League experience as well as a wealth of talent, but it is unlikely that Blues head coach Mourinho would be willing to let Cech leave for a small fee. Despite the stopper being keen on making a move away from Stamford Bridge, Mourinho would be unwilling to sell him to any potential title rivals - except for a large fee for a 32-year-old.
And it is the price of Cech that could prevent Liverpool making a move for him, according to Reds’ legend Jan Molby. The Danish midfielder told the Liverpool Echo that the Fenway Sports Group could be unwilling to sanction a high-price deal in January, having already splashed out over £120 million during the summer transfer window.
“Sure, Cech has been relegated to the role of understudy at Chelsea but would he want to come to Liverpool?” Molby said.
“Would Chelsea even entertain the idea of doing business with the Reds?
“Would the club’s American owners sanction buying a 32-year-old who earns very good money?
“After a £120m spending spree, do Fenway Sports Group have the appetite for another in January?”
The goalkeeping position is a problem area for Liverpool, and there is no doubt that it needs strengthening, but the Reds may be wise to look elsewhere in their search for a new number one.