Liverpool won, but it's clear Brendan Rodgers has made another royal mess

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool may have beaten Bournemouth, but the goalkeeping situation is a real worry.

Liverpool may have beaten Bournemouth in a fairly straightforward manner, but the win did not come without a real area for concern.

Goalkeeper Brad Jones conceded a shot from Dan Gosling he really should have saved, to cost him a clean sheet and make it four goals against in two games.

He was brought in because manager Brendan Rodgers has tired of Simon Mignolet and benched him, but the manner of his doing so has caused a problem.

Rather than simply saying Mignolet has been given a rest, a breather, Rodgers attacked the situation head on to announce he would spend potentially substantial time on the sidelines.

He told SkySports: "I said to Simon it was for an indefinite period. It is something that can happen to keepers, taking them out of the firing line to give them time to reflect."

Yet he has an issue because the goalkeeper replacing him in Brad Jones may be experienced, but he simply has not looked up to the task over the last two matches.

Mignolet's confidence and position has been publicly undermined, and there has been no real lift in performance at the position.

Ahead of Sunday's clash with Arsenal, Rodgers has a big decision to make. Does he put Mignolet in, and risk looking weak by going back on his word so quickly, or stick with Jones even though he appears to be even below the level of the Belgian?

In such an important game it is not a welcome decision to have to make again, especially as the defence is constantly changing, making changes at the goalkeeping position further unsettles those in front.

Rodgers may feel Mignolet pushed him into dropping him, but the way it's been handled - like the benching of several key stars against Real Madrid, creates further problems than necessary and leaves a search for answers ahead of a big game.

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