Liverpool boss contemplates axing under-fire star for United clash – report

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet has been heavily criticised this season.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to be contemplating axing goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for the trip to Old Trafford in Sunday, according to latest reports.

The Belgian international joined the club from Sunderland in the summer of 2013 and immediately displaced Spaniard Pepe Reina as the club’s number one.

After a positive debut season, this term he has come under heavy fire from a section of supporters and pundits alike for a number of shaky performances of late.

The Anfield custodian’s wobbly performances coincide with a huge shortage of quality and composure among the Reds’ back-line and the club’s form has suffered as a result.

Lying in ninth spot in the league table and failing to reach the Champions League knockout stages, it has been a miserable season so far for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Yet, a short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday gives the Merseysiders the perfect opportunity to rise from their slumber and turn their season around.

However, according to a number of reports, goalkeeper Mignolet may not be given the chance to prove his redeem himself and a likely place among the substitutes beckons for the 26-year-old.

“Brendan Rodgers is ready to axe Simon Mignolet for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United today. The Belgian keeper, 26, has had a poor season so far and looks set to be taken out of the firing line at Old Trafford. Kop boss Rodgers is poised to play Australian reserve Brad Jones and may even bring in another keeper in January,” The Sun reports.

Mignolet has made 143 Premier League appearances since his initial move to Sunderland from Belgian outfit Sint—Truiden in 2010.

While in Belgium, he was named Goalkeeper of the year for the 2009-10 season and also won Sunderland’s Player of the Year award in 2013.

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