Steve Nicol told ESPN FC that selling Simon Mignolet would open the door for Liverpool to sign Neil Etheridge, which he says is a deal that suits all parties.
He said: “I think this would be a good signing. I think the 69 goals he [Etheridge] let in, he probably had no chance with 55 of them, let’s be honest.
“Mignolet has to go, he has to go and play. You need a back-up who is going to be happy to be there but who is of a certain level that whenever something may happen to Alisson, you’re going to put Etheridge in and he’s going to do a great job.
“I think this is a good signing. He’s 29 years old, he’s been around, he knows what it’s like to be playing at the lower level so his feet will be firmly on the ground.”
If Liverpool can sell Mignolet for a similar fee to what they could sign Neil Etheridge for, it would be a great move for the club even if the Cardiff goalie won’t play all that much.
Wales Online reported last week that Liverpool are interested in signing the Philippines international and with Aston Villa having an £8m bid rejected, it looks like the Reds might need to spend £10m+ to sign him.
Alisson Becker’s 51 appearances this season showed that whoever comes in to deputise for him will need to be prepared to play very little football as the Brazilian goalkeeper is world class and consistently brilliant.
Etheridge would be a solid addition to the squad if signed and would be able to perform to a decent standard if asked to play in the FA Cup or Carabao Cup if Klopp decided to rest Alisson.
Liverpool will take part in seven tournaments next season so Etheridge would likely play slightly more than Mignolet did this season.