Liverpool will look to replace Simon Mignolet in January, says Bruce Grobbelaar

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will look to replace goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in January, according to former Reds 'keeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Mignolet arrived on Merseyside from Sunderland in 2013 for £9 million and was widely regarded as one of the Premier League's best shot-stoppers. The Belgian has since made 111 appearances for Liverpool and faced little competition for his place. 

However, over the past two seasons, Mignolet's performances have been heavily criticised and questions have been raised on his ability as a goalkeeper - and South African Grobbelaar, who played 628 games for Liverpool himself, is one of such critics.


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He told talkSPORT, as per Sky Sports: "I have had my criticisms of Mignolet for two or three years, I even got pulled in and asked not to criticise him so openly."

"I've said that he is a goalkeeper who is a great shot-stopper, but he is not the overall package. The overall package is good with your feet and coming out and commanding your area.

"I've got a goalkeeper in Canada, a 24-year-old, who does this better than Mignolet does and is just as good of a shot stopper. He is more of a package than Mignolet is.

"I think he is looking at it [buying a replacement for Mignolet]. There are a couple of goalkeepers in the German league that he is looking at so I can see that might be one of his first signings."

Grobbelaar played at Anfield for 13 years, winning six league titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup in 1984. Many Reds fans consider him one of the club's all-time great goalkeepers and his opinions on Mignolet will not fall on deaf ears.

It's fair to say Klopp will face a difficult decision deciding which goalkeeper to acquire should the Bundesliga be his preferred destination, with Germany overflowing with talented 'keepers.

Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer will be out of the Liverpool boss' reach, but the likes of Ralf Fahrmann (Schalke 04), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) and Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96) have all been impressive this season and appear genuine options.

Even experienced goalkeepers Rene Adler (Hamburger SV) and Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), the latter once managed by Klopp, would also prove alternatives.

It may well be that Liverpool look for a change from Mignolet in January in order to sign a more complete goalkeeper, and whilst there's little doubt that, on his day, the Belgian is an adept shot-stopper, his consistency could ultimately prove his downfall.

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