Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has claimed that Simon Mignolet is one of the mains reasons as to why the Reds have struggled this season, according to BBC Sport.
Liverpool are currently twelfth in the Premier League and have conceded 18 goals already this campaign, with Grobbelaar of the belief that Mignolet’s “weaknesses have been exposed.”
The six-time league winner with Liverpool stated that the Belgian’s game can be drastically improved, if he learns to control what is going on in his own penalty area.
Grobbelaar told the BBC: “He doesn’t command his own area. I’ve likened Mignolet to worse than Dracula because at least Dracula came out of his coffin now and then.
"He doesn’t command his own area. I’ve likened Mignolet to worse than Dracula because at least Dracula came out of his coffin now and then."
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“He seems to stay on his line and that’s it. That whole area, not just the six-yard area, is the goalkeepers.”
Grobbelaar wants new goalkeeper
Mignolet has come under scrutiny this season, with pundits, including Gary Neville, criticising him, and Grobbelaar was not impressed with the Liverpool goalkeeper's performances last season either. He believes that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge played a big role in shadowing the Belgian stopper's deficiencies.
The former Zimbabwe international added: “Any team that lets in 50 goals should never be in second position in the first place.
“That was masked and brushed over because of the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge, scoring you so many goals. You have got to shore up at the back, get yourself someone in goal who can actually only let in 30 goals a season, or fewer than 30 goals.”
"That was masked and brushed over because of the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge"
Grobbelaar played for Liverpool between 1981 and 1994 and won 14 major honours with the Merseyside club, including the 1984 European Cup triumph. Liverpool have been linked with various 'keepers, but today there are reports that they could launch a stunning £19 million bid for Chelsea’s Petr Cech in January.