After two costly mistakes against Manchester City, the debate has been surfaced again that whether Simon Mignolet is capable to keep a lid on Liverpool’s goal this season. The Belgian was not good enough once again when Manchester City thumped Liverpool by 3 goals to 1. His positioning and goal keeping in 1st and 3rd goal was far from convincing. With his derogatory performance in only the 2nd match of season, now it’s a tough task for Brendan Rodgers on whether to put his blind faith on the Belgian for such a long and important season to come.
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On one side, when Chelsea have Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, Manchester City have Joe Hart and William Carballero, Arsenal have Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, Liverpool FC have only Mignolet. Chelsea have two of the World’s best Goalkeepers in their ranks, Manchester City bought Carbalerro to pose a tough competition for Hart. So does Wenger did with Ospina and Szczesny. The Belgian just have Brad Jones as a serious competitor for number one spot. And Brad Jones is simply not good enough to stand in goal for Liverpool. After selling Pepe Reina to Napoli, it was questioned whether Mignolet will be able to transform all his flaws from last season into an impressive performance this season. But the Belgian has disappointed many with his performance against Manchester City.
Last season, Liverpool fell just short of Premier League title. And the sole reason for that was lack of defensive contributions. On one side, their defenders were putting up a dismal show game after game, Mignolet made matters no easier for his team on the other. He made league high 6 errors leading directly to goals last season. Mignolet is an excellent shot stopper but he do looks shaky when it comes to grab crosses. This season, with the arrival of new defenders, it was believed that it’ll greatly help Mignolet to improve his performances from last season. But sometimes, one needs serious competition to raise the level of his game. And same is the case with Mignolet. Last season, Joe Hart wasn’t in top form either. He made 4 errors. But Pellegrini had a replacement for him unlike Rodgers. And when the English Goalie reverted, he turned all this fortunes around. So it’s a proper Goalkeeper what Liverpool needs before the end of transfer window to raise the level of their Goal keeping staff. And it’s the need of the hour for Merseyside Reds if they want to pose a serious attack on Silverware.
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