John Aldridge has his say on Liverpool's goalkeeping situation after Simon Mignolet's new deal

Simon Mignolet

Aldridge feels there could be some movement around the goalkeeping situation at Liverpool in the near future despite Mignolet's new deal.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes the club will still be on the lookout for competition for Simon Mignolet, despite the under-fire Reds stopper signing a new long-term contract at the club yesterday.

Along with Mignolet signing a new deal, Danny Ward was recalled from a successful loan spell at Aberdeen where he seemed to impress many with his performances in Scotland, and he seems to have gone ahead of Adam Bogdan in the pecking order at Anfield having been the substitute keeper for the two Premier League games since his return. 

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge wrote: "I don’t think this news will stop Jurgen Klopp looking to bring in another keeper to battle for the number one position in the summer.

"The manager will probably go and get a keeper to fight Mignolet this summer for first choice.

"Danny Ward could be that man eventually but he’s probably still a bit young at this stage. He’s been absolutely brilliant at Aberdeen though in the Scottish Premier League and he’s one for the future.

"What this deal for Mignolet does show however is that Jurgen Klopp has belief in him."

The situation at Liverpool is a fascinating one, as not many fans appear to be happy over Mignolet's new deal. It could be Klopp trying to manage the player and show that he is trying to give him a fair chance. He's obviously a player that he thinks he can coach.

But combine that with Ward's return from Aberdeen, he will be hoping that the impressive 22-year-old will help drive up goalkeeping standards by providing more competition for Mignolet than Adam Bogdan has done since his arrival in the summer. 

Ward was quoted in the Liverpool Echo a few days ago saying that Klopp wanted Ward to start challenging Mignolet for the number one spot, and he may well get his chance to state his case in the FA Cup third round replay against Exeter City at Anfield tomorrow night. 

As Aldridge says, this new deal for Mignolet does make the current goalkeeping situation at Anfield that much clearer. Maybe Klopp is after a bit of stability in that area before the upheaval begins in other parts of the Liverpool side.

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