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Was this Rodgers biggest mistake of the season? - not Balotelli

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may feel he got things especially wrong with regards to this position in 2014/15.

In what has been an underwhelming season for Liverpool and their boss Brendan Rodgers, there are plenty of instances the Northern Irishman may be able to privately analyse and decide he, and the club, could have managed differently.

The numerous transfer arrivals are taking their time to settle into the team, let alone demonstrate their best form for the Anfield club, but as regretful as that has been, especially with the likes of Mario Balotelli, it is to be expected considering the raft of individuals that make up such a large portion of the Liverpool squad.

However, one key role in the squad, and Rodgers failure to strengthen it, may be more regrettable than any other.

This summer, Liverpool had three international goalkeepers on their books in Simon Mignolet, Pepe Reina and Brad Jones. The Belgian and Spanish internationals had both enjoyed seasons at teams that finished in the top three during their league campaign, with Reina taking in an impressive loan spell with Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

Mignolet had arrived from Sunderland at the start of last season and stolen the 32-year-old's starting role after more than 8 years as one of Premier League's top goalkeepers.

Choosing to take in a temporary move in order to get his playing time, Reina's time in Naples only served to underline that he was still one of the best stoppers around.

And with question marks forming at times during Mignolet's debut season, on one hand it seemed natural that Liverpool would want Reina to come back in to the club and at the very least provide a stern challenge for the 26-year-old's first team credentials.

However, Rodgers never really seemed to be a fan of Reina, despite the Spaniard being a favourite of the Liverpool faithful, and the Reds manager decided to let him move to Bayern without bringing in a replacement - something that is now looking more and more strange as Mignolet's form is once more analysed.

It wasn't just with Reina that Rodgers seemed to miss a trick either. Earlier on in the season Victor Valdes was heavily linked with a contract at Anfield, given that he was a free agent after departing Barcelona.

Like Reina, Valdes is a vastly experienced international player that has plenty of medals at home, and someone that could have challenged Mignolet to improve, or take his place if he failed to do so.

But, according to rumours, the fact the Reds asked Valdes to prove himself on trial meant the ex Barca man snubbed Liverpool, instead winding up at Manchester United.

The Red Devils are now in the prime position to sign Valdes should they wish, while Rodgers is stuck with Mignolet and a goalkeeper in Jones that will never be of the required standard at Anfield, and certainly some way short of the departed Reina.

And to make matters worse, it may have been in the best interests of Reina or Valdes, as well as Liverpool, if they were in Merseyside rather than elsewhere. At Bayern, the former Villarreal man has yet to make an appearance, while Valdes is surely more likely to get minutes at Liverpool than at Old Trafford given David de Gea's form.

With all the signings that Liverpool made this summer, and considering the many goalkeepers they were linked with, Rodgers may consider his decision to stick with his existing goalkeepers an unwise one.

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