Liverpool legend on how the team can help relieve pressure on Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has been struggling for form of the Reds for much of this season.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge may have identified how the Reds could take the pressure off goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet has come in for a lot of criticism so far this season for his form, which led to Brendan Rodgers taking him out of the firing line for an 'indefinite' period of time.

He was replaced by Brad Jones for games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Arsenal but Mignolet came back into the side off the bench during the 1-0 win over Burnley, where Jones picked up a thigh injury.

One thing that has been particular concerning about the Belgian is his kicking and distributing. A lot of his goal kicks seem to miss the target, while he bizarrely let the ball run out for a corner at Turf Moor, but Aldridge thinks he could have the solution with one change in tactic.

Instead Aldridge wants the defenders to take more of a responsibility when it comes to distribution, taking some of the responsibility off the man between the posts.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Every time he goes to kick it the crowd panic.

"What I want to see on New Year’s Day is if Emre Can or Mamadou Sakho have the ball but are put under pressure then it must get sent long down into the channels and space in behind for Raheem Sterling to chase – and not sent back to Mignolet. It immediately puts him under pressure.

I would like to see Mignolet stay at the club but Liverpool must go out and buy a new keeper. Mignolet‘s all-round game has let him down."

There has been a lot of talk of Liverpool being in the market for a new goalkeeper, even as far back as last summer for competition for Mignolet. With the Belgian's form this season, that doesn't seem to have changed.

But if one responsibility was taken away from him and he was allowed to focus on other aspects of his game, it could enhance the prospect of him saving his Anfield career, and possibly being the number one goalkeeper for a good few years to come.

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