Liverpool will sell Simon Mignolet in the summer, according to reports, leaving them with another decision to make.
La DH in Belgium make the claim, saying that Liverpool will finally part with their former first-choice goalkeeper.
Mignolet has been at the club since 2013, originally as a replacement for Pepe Reina. A reasonable first season nearly resulted in the Premier League title, although it was downhill from there.
Most have never been comfortable with Mignolet as Liverpool’s first-choice. He finally lost the position in January 2018 to Loris Karius, although he also failed to impress.
Alisson Becker’s arrival in the summer has seemingly ended Mignolet’s chances of getting back in the team, however. The Brazilian has been a level above anything the Reds have seen since Reina’s peak.
And having decided to sell Mignolet, Liverpool are left with another decision to make. How do they replace him?
Replacing Mignolet at Liverpool
There’s the now-conventional approach of an experienced backup goalkeeper. Liverpool could sign someone who knows full well that they’ll only have a string of games if Alisson is injured. Should that happen, though, the backup would have the experience to perform.
But how do you bring in a goalkeeper who won’t play? Do you guarantee them more games than Mignolet has gotten? That would mean you’re deliberately going into more games with a ‘lesser’ keeper, just for the sake of having experienced backup.
Then there’s the more idealised method of a young goalkeeper, potentially from the academy.
It’s a risky approach – you may end up having someone who isn’t ready, should Alisson be out for an extended time. But it’s certainly easier to get them on board with limited game time, should be cheaper, and everyone likes youth products in the first-team squad.
And so it’s a strange situation. The latter is the ‘nice’ option, the former the ‘professional’ approach. It would be nice to see Liverpool give youth a chance but with virtually every elite side opting for the other option, we may well see an experienced goalkeeper arrive at Anfield this summer.