It's happened again. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Belgium international endured yet another tricky evening during the Reds' Europa League victory against Bordeaux last night.
With the scores level at 0-0, the shot-stopper was penalised by the referee for failing to release the ball. Incredibly, Mignolet held onto the ball for 21 seconds. Yes, that's 21 seconds.
Seconds later, to the goalkeeper's dismay, Bordeaux's Henri Saivet found the back of the net from the indirect free-kick. Mignolet's blushes were saved thanks to his teammates as the Reds came from behind to secure an important 2-1 victory.
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With four clean sheets from 13 league games this season, Mignolet has by no means had a disastrous campaign, but he's never quite been a prominent figure for the Merseyside outfit throughout his stint at the club. One thing is for sure, the Liverpool faithful are starting to lose patience with their No.1.
Perhaps, then, revered boss Jurgen Klopp will focus his attention on replacing the goalkeeper over the next couple of transfer windows.
And here are three of the candidates:
Let's start by heading to Germany. We're all quite confident that the 48-year-old Liverpool boss will head to the Bundesliga for a couple of recruits at some point. In fact, Anfield hero Bruce Grobbelaar has suggested that Klopp is looking to replace Mignolet with a 'keeper from Germany's elite division.
Bernd Leno may well be an option. At 23-years-old, the Bayer Leverkusen man has gone from strength-to-strength recently. In fact, despite his relatively young age, he has a great deal of experience, playing in over 100 league games for his side.
Last season, as Leverkusen qualified for the Champions League, Leno secured 16 clean sheets in 34 league games. That's not bad going. With 14 appearances for Germany's Under-21 side, Leno will no doubt be desperate to prove his credentials on the international stage in the near future.
He'd certainly be a great fit for Liverpool: tall, agile and a fine shot-stopper, Leverkusen's No.1 could be the consistent figure the club's faithful are crying out for.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Certain sections of the Kop may well believe that the goalkeeper of Barcelona is out of reach, but numerous reports seem to disagree with that notion.
At 23-years-old, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is recognised as Claudio Bravo's successor between the sticks at the Nou Camp, but he's yet to establish himself as the club's main man.
In fact, despite being handed a key role in the Champions League, he hasn't featured in La Liga since the end of September. Perhaps, then, if Liverpool and Klopp come calling, he really would consider a switch to Merseyside.
He certainly has the attributes and credentials to become a leading player for the Reds. With fine reactions, he could prove to be quite the match-winner for the Premier League giants, but it won't be easy to secure his signature.
The Barcelona ace proved his credentials in Europe this past week, as you can see in the video below...
Yet another young, talented goalkeeper makes the list. Sergio Rico is without a doubt one of the most exciting 'keepers in La Liga right now, so perhaps the Anfield hierarchy will consider him over the coming months.
Rico, 22, became Sevilla's No.1 'keeper at the start of February, and he hasn't looked back since. Now, a key member of the side, the Spanish youngster is quickly fine tuning his game in pursuit of success.
A brilliant shot-stopper, with quick reflexes, Rico has so much potential, so perhaps he could be a gamble worth taking for Liverpool. He still has a great deal to learn, of course, but you only have to look at the progression of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to see that Rico could come to prominence in England's elite division.
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