Jonathan Senter discusses how Simon Mignolet’s position at Liverpool is seriously threatened by Loris Karius.
Simon Mignolet turned in an acceptable performance against Tottenham, but there are things that need to be improved. There were a few mistakes made by him at the time of Rose’s goal. In my opinion, he didn’t need to come out as far as he did, also, I think if Matip tried a bit more, he could’ve cleared it off the line. But to be fair, they both had good games.
Mignolet made a few crucial saves, often from long range shots, but made a particularly good stop to thwart Alderweireld from a corner at the front post.
After the game, Mignolet heaped praise on to Matip for how good he was at the back. I noticed he’s not afraid to head the ball away when a dangerous cross comes in. He’s also dangerous in attacking areas; if you recall his header struck the woodwork from a corner.
“I thought Joel was outstanding,” Mignolet told the ECHO.
“He stayed calm and did his job really well. His physical presence makes a big difference. He won his challenges in the air and he used the ball well.
Mignolet obviously doesn’t want to be a squad player, so he’s going to have to prove himself to keep up with the quality of Loris Karius. Currently, I think Mignolet has a lot of improving to do before he can be our number 1 keeper. This time when Karius is injured is crucial for Mignolet.
If he can perform in these coming games, Karius will have to up his game when he recovers, so he doesn’t lose his amount of quality over Mignolet that secures first team football.
Overall, if Mignolet plays well enough, he can contend for being the number 1 keeper. But currently, Karius strives in that role. At the moment, I just can’t wait for the season to continue, and to see how everyone performs.