The one statistic that proves Liverpool should sell Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

The Reds stopper has come under increasing scrutiny for his performances this year after a series of mistakes.

It has not been a good week on Merseyside for either Liverpool-based club.

The Reds from Anfield have been rocked by a story involving Mamadou Sakho, as reported by the Telegraph.

Meanwhile the Blues from Goodison Park were dumped out of the FA Cup in the 93rd minute of their semi-final clash with Manchester United after a 2-1 defeat - the last remaining glimmer of hope in a disappointing campaign.

All of this controversy really should have covered up Simon Mignolet’s mistake for Newcastle United’s first goal in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with the relegation battlers. But it did not.

The Belgian international was at fault for allowing the Magpies back into the match as he darted from his goal in search of Vurnon Anita’s whipped ball into the box but came out on the other side empty handed.

Papiss Cisse climbed highest in the box - with Mignolet stranded in no-man’s land - to reduce the deficit to one as Newcastle went on to grab a deserved equaliser through Jack Colback.

The mistake from the Reds' stopper is just one of many individual errors this season and now must be the time for manager Jurgen Klopp to cut his loses with the calamitous goalkeeper.

According to a statistic published in the Telegraph, no player in the Premier League has made more errors leading to goals than Mignolet.

While proving himself to be a reliable shot-stopper, the former Sunderland player has consistently fails to claim crosses, resulting in a lack of command among his defenders.

Mignolet has been guilty of four key errors in matches and - crucially to this statistic - the mistakes have been made against three of the league’s bottom four clubs Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich City, as well as 15th-placed West Bromwich Albion.

On each occasion the mistake has resulted in his side drawing matches, meaning Liverpool have dropped a whopping eight points due to their goalkeeper’s faults. An additional eight points would put Klopp’s men level on points with Arsenal in fourth and a point off Manchester City.

Despite signing a new five-year deal with the Premier League giants in January, it is surely only a matter of time before Klopp decides to find a replacement and stop the blunders between the posts.

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