Belgian goalkeeper Mignolet was under the spotlight again this week, with his penchant for mistakes and his inability to deal with crosses costing Liverpool in the Championship.
He gifted Ludogorets a two-goal haul in Bulgaria, and it was once again up to the Reds outfield players to lift Liverpool out of their poor run of form. It was the tipping point in Mignolet’s Liverpool career, with previous mistakes being brushed off, but it now appears as if the club are keen on replacing the 26-year-old with both a more experienced and more talented stopper.
Real Madrid veteran Iker Casillas has been linked with a January switch to Anfield, and Chelsea’s second-choice Petr Cech is reportedly keen on leaving Stamford Bridge - piquing interest in him from Reds’ head coach Brendan Rodgers. Both targets seem out of Liverpool’s reach, and, with few other top class goalkeepers on the market, they may be forced to continue with Mignolet - at least until the summer.
The Belgian international has played every minute of the Merseyside club’s Premier League campaign, and despite numerous errors he is set to continue for the duration of the season - with just Brad Jones for competition. Jones is hardly the top class ‘keeper who could claim a starting role in a side with title ambitions, and Reds' legend Jan Molby believes that a failure to provide adequate back-up will cost the side - something that Rodgers should have seen to.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Molby said: “Simon Mignolet is under the spotlight once again after the mistake he made against Ludogorets and the way he comes for crosses but never gets anywhere near them.
“He, like the rest of the side, is suffering from a lack of confidence but Brendan Rodgers cannot take him out of the firing line because the back up keepers in the squad are not of the required standard.”
Molby did admit that Rodgers is likely to be attempting to fix his problem, but the former Danish international believes that the club need to do much more than just replace their under performing goalkeeper.
“Rodgers, you would imagine, is scouring the transfer market and seeing what is out there but it won’t be easy,” he added.
“Liverpool's problems cannot be solved by simply replacing their goalkeeper.
“It is not as simple as that because the Reds problems run deeper than that.”