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An all too familiar image for Liverpool fans this season - Mignolet conceding a goal.

Liverpool should seek to replace Simon Mignolet with Stoke City's Jack Butland

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Liverpool's goalkeeping woes have been well documented in reason campaigns.

The number one jersey at Anfield has become something of a poisoned chalice, with the Reds unable to find a long-term, stable replacement since the days of Bruce Grobbelaar.

The list of previous 'keepers at the club who started off well but soon lost their way in terms of form and confidence is a long one, ranging from David James, to Sander Westerveld, to Pepe Reina.

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Which brings us to the latest sorry chapter in the goalkeeping department - Simon Mignolet. Liverpool fans had high hopes for the Belgian when he arrived from Sunderland three years ago and initial form suggested he was a sound acquisition.

Sadly, however, since the highlights of 2013/14 season, it's all been downhill for Mignolet.

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The number of mistakes made and poor games endured continues to grow, and if Liverpool are to move forward, manager Jurgen Klopp has no choice but to address the issue.

A nervous 'keeper makes for a nervous defence, as we have seen numerous times this season on Merseyside. A good 'keeper, on the other hand, wins points for their side through the saves they make.

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If this is the case, Mignolet is far from a 'good' goalkeeper, with the 27-year-old consistently costing Liverpool points through his poor judgement, handling and distribution from the back.

And so begins speculation regarding his replacement. The likes of Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen and Paris Saint-Germain's Salvatore Sirigu have all been linked, but Jack Butland of Stoke City appears the best and most likely option.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season for the Potters and established himself one of the Premier League's finest, making the most saves (88) this campaign and recording nine clean sheets - the third highest.

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Klopp insists he has faith in Mignolet, but the fact of the matter is Anfield deserves a more consistent and reliable shot-stopper - and England international Butland might be just that.

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