Simon Mignolet, Shot Stopper Or Liability

On the 25th June 2013 Simon Mignolet signed for Liverpool Football Club from Sunderland in a deal worth around £9million.The Belgian, 25 was considered as being one of the top young keepers in the Premier League.

This was echoed by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Mignolet has been referred to as a brilliant shot stopper, he made his debut on the 17th August in which he saved an 89th minute penalty from Jonathan Walters to give the Reds a 1-0 opening day win against Stoke City. Mignolet made a decent start to his Liverpool career and was named man of the match in a 3-3 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. He produced 9 incredible saves to insure the Reds took a point back across Stanley Park. However Mignolet has also come under intense criticism during his time at Liverpool.

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Brendan Rodgers dropped the Belgian for the trip to Old Trafford after he had made a number of mistakes in previous weeks. The criticism Mignolet has received has also included many pundits questioning his mind set and goalkeeping abilities. Most notably Gary Neville on Monday Night Football when he criticised his movement in the 1-1 draw against Everton at Anfield, when Mignolet arguably did not have the right stance and was not in the right standing position when he attempted to save a Phil Jagielka wonder goal that handed the Toffees a point.

There has also been a number of questions asked about Mignolet’s communication with his back four which has resulted in a number of defensive errors for Liverpool with points being dropped and games being lost.

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Since last season Mignolet has improved but the nervousness in his game and bad decision making  is still there for everyone to see but I believe under Jürgen Klopp he will cut these mistakes out of his game.

Mignolet is not a bad keeper he has made 86 appearances for Liverpool and so far 17 appearances for Belgium and has represented them at every level form U16s upwards. Mignolet has the potential to be a brilliant goalkeeper but brilliant goalkeepers have confidence and are consistent which is something Mignolet needs to adapt more into his game. So what’s your opinion? Is Mignolet a good shot stopper or just a liability? 

Written by @JCLFC94

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