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Simon Mignolet 'worse than Dracula', says Bruce Grobbelaar

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Bruce Grobbelaar has blasted Simon Mignolet's ability and labelled him as the reason behind Liverpool's poor start to the season.

The former Reds goalkeeper, who won that European Cup with the club in 1984, voiced his opinion on the Belgian shot-stopper last season, saying he was the cause as to why the Merseyside outfit conceded 50 goals in the Premier League.

And the South African's views on Mignolet clearly have not changed, as he branded the 26-year-old 'worse than Dracula.'

Grobbelaar criticism

“I’ve said that he doesn’t command his area,” Grobbelaar told BBC Sport.

“Yes he’s a great shot-stopper; I was slaughtered last year by Liverpool fans saying that I’m being too harsh on him. I’m not being too harsh. Not at all.

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"I’m not being too harsh. Not at all"

“I’ve likened him ‘worse than Dracula’ because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then. He [Mignolet] seems to stay on his line and that’s it.

“In this modern day and age, in modern goalkeeping, if you come out and you catch the ball and you get smacked, you’re going to get the foul.

“It’s not rocket science....You’re going to get a lot more fouls for you and less are going to go in the back of the net.

"You let in 50 goals last season and come second.

"Any team that lets in 50 goals should never be in second position in the first place.

"Any team that lets in 50 goals should never be in second position in the first place"

“And that was masked and brushed over because of the brilliance of [Luis] Suarez and [Daniel] Sturridge, scoring you so many goals. So Suarez is out, but you’re still going to let in 52 goals. That’s your problem.

“You’re going to have to get a goalkeeper that can actually stop, and only let in 25 goals max, 30 goals a season...you’ve got to shore up the back.”

Poor displays

Since his move to Anfield from Sunderland in 2013, Mignolet has had been under-fire. He's looked far from confident in the Reds' net, looking tentative when coming to collect the ball and showing an all-round ineptitude when commanding his back-four.

The goalkeeper was to blame for several high-profile mistakes last campaign, notably in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Boxing Day and then days later against Chelsea, when he fumbled Samuel Eto'o's shot to give the Blues all three points.

This season, Mignolet has been far from convincing and his poor form has birthed speculation of the club bringing in another shot-stopper in, during the January transfer window.

In Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, his poor free-kick that went out of touch lead to Neil Warnock's side's goal that put them ahead, and other errors have saw the five time European Cup winners slump to just four points above the drop zone.

Harsh criticism

However, Mignolet hasn't had the greatest defence in-front of him. Last season there was no less than five centre-back pairings playing across the 38 top flight games, and that added plenty of confusion to the Liverpool defence.

This term, Dejan Lovren has been terrible on Merseyside since his £20 million move, and his four mistakes, along with Alberto Moreno's two other errors, have not helped the former Sunderland man's position.

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