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Player Focus: Mignolet Mistakes Proving Costly for Liverpool

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Player Focus: Mignolet Mistakes Proving Costly for Liverpool

 

"He has come here because he’s an outstanding goalkeeper and, I repeat, you don’t lose your talent." Those were the words of Brendan Rodgers after another high-profile error from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet last weekend.

Tasked with replacing a player that was making too many mistakes at the end of his career in Pepe Reina, the Belgian got off to an impressive start at Anfield. Nevertheless, while his debut against Stoke will be remembered for a last minute penalty save to earn his side all three points, Mignolet was not exactly instilling confidence in the Reds' fans up to that point in the match.

The spot kick stop from Jonathan Walters gave the 25-year old the confidence he needed through September, but there has been a significant drop in form from the number 22 since then. Indeed, at the end of the second month of the new season, 6 games in, Mignolet was the best rated goalkeeper in the Premier League according to WhoScored.com (7.49), conceding just 4 goals and keeping 3 successive clean sheets at the start of the campaign.

Since the 1-0 league win over United at the beginning of September, however, of all goalkeepers to make at least 10 league appearances only Maarten Stekelenburg has kept fewer clean sheets than Mignolet's 3. He's lost the confidence that the aforementioned penalty save had given him, and it's something that his manager has noted, stating, "Players will succeed if they have a confidence and part of my job is to help deliver that confidence to them."

It's clear that Rodgers has faith in his summer signing's ability to bounce back, but there's no denying that an error-strewn run of form has led to questions regarding his ability to perform at the very top level just yet. Following an unsuccessful flap at a cross that allowed Christian Benteke to double Villa's lead last Saturday, Mignolet has now made more errors leading to goals than any other player in the league (4).

 

Player Focus: Mignolet Mistakes Proving Costly for Liverpool

 

A gaffe that allowed Emanuele Giaccherini to score back at the end of September kick started a disappointing run from the Belgium international, and he hasn't really recovered since. His error for Alvaro Negredo's goal against City proved more costly in a 2-1 defeat last month, while most would argue that he should have kept out Samuel Eto'o's second in an identical scoreline the next time out at Chelsea. A terrible mistake that allowed Jonathan Walters to give Stoke hope in an 8-goal thriller at the Britannia Stadium soon followed, and there's no doubt whatsoever that his comedy of errors have been no laughing matter as far as Liverpool are concerned.

Since the beginning of October, of all goalkeeper's to appear in over half of their side's league matches (9+) Mignolet has fallen from the best rated keeper in WhoScored's ratings to the second worst (6.38); only ahead of Swansea's Gerhard Tremmel.

In terms of save success rate the Liverpool keeper has a respectable figure, with 72.3% ranking seventh in the league of all those with at least 10 appearances. He's made more saves in total than any of those ahead of him in this regard too (68), with only David Marshall and John Ruddy making more in the current campaign.

That shows that Mignolet could certainly be getting better protection from an ever changing back four at present, and the fact that Rodgers hasn't settled on a centre-back pairing in front of him - albeit due to injuries at times - probably hasn't helped. Nevertheless, 47.7% of the shots that the Reds have conceded this season have come from outside the box - only four sides have conceded a higher percentage of the total shots against them from distance this season - so the chances that opponents are having against Liverpool aren't of the highest quality.

Mignolet must improve between now and the end of the season; it may sound harsh but he would struggle to do much worse. At 25 he's still very young for a player in the spotlight that goalkeeping inevitably brings and he may well go on to be Liverpool's keeper for many years to come. If there isn't a significant mark up in his current form, however, Rodgers may be forced into looking for a more experienced keeper in the short term, with Brad Jones the only other senior shot stopper at the club.

 

Should Liverpool be looking to sign a new keeper in the summer? Let us know in the comments below

Comments (2)

 
  • every player goes though some bad form, Mignolet is an excellent Goalkeeper and should not be forgotten about because of his spell of bad form at the moment, all he needs a confidence boost to keep the sprits up, although it would be nice to have a young talented goalkeeper to go on if he were to be injured, but we already have Ward who a loads of potential

  • A new keeper can't be the priority when you look at the squad as a whole. Rodgers was eager to get Shay Given as the understudy to Mignolet last summer, and I wouldn't rule out something similar come this one, but the team is tottering in midfield and fullback positions in particular. My sense is Rodgers can improve players, so he just needs to be a good coach to Mignolet & of course work on the team's overall defending.

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Luis Suarez Federico Peluso Jamel Saihi Gustavo Cabral Wakaso Daniele Gastaldello Danilo David Pizarro loris Nery Hugo Mallo Gotoku Sakai Andre Wisdom Andre Schürrle Mousa Dembélé Hamburger SV Rafael van der Vaart Rene Adler Sean Morrison Juan Jesus Frederik Sorensen Nicolas Isimat-Mirin Joel Matip Barry Bannan Nicky Shorey Luca Cigarini Andrea Consigli Carl Medjani Ricardo Faty Jerome Rothen Takashi Inui Takashi Usami Steven Pienaar Tolgay Arslan Loris Nery Wissam Ben Yeder Angelo Ogbonna Yoann Gouffran Marc Planus Ludovic Obraniak Emanuel Herrera Anthony Mounier Daniel Congre Pablo Hernandez Arda Gueida Fofana Arnold Mvuemba Steed Malbranque Kwadwo Asamoah Christian Maggio Massadio Haidara Jean-Christophe Bahebeck Mladen Petric Real Betis Riccardo Montolivo Lucio Christophe Jallet Gokhan Inler Ilkay Gundogan Marvin Martin Steeve Elana Alain Traore Renaud Cohade Geoffrey Dernis Daniel Avles Patrick Helmes Raobin van Persie Pablo Armero Rondon Fabio Borini Patrick Herrmann Jonathan Scmid Kostantinos Fortounis Vincent Pajot Josua Guilavogui Idrissa Gana Gueye Ezequiel Munoz Nene Oliver Sorg Davide Brivio Sebastian Larsson Franceso Totti Tom Trybull M'Baye Niang Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro Matias Silvestre Euro 2012 Olof Mellberg Crisitano Ronaldo Alvaro Arbeloa Sebastian Boenisch Alan Dzagoev Andrey Arshavin Michael Krohn-Dehli Vaclav Pilar Theodor Gebre Selassie Gordon Schildenfeld Greece Miguel Veloso Mark Davies David Hoilett Santiago Garcia Marco Rignoni Vicente Guaita Michael Rensing Paul Robinson Fabien Audard Thomas Vermaelen Younes Belhanda Aurelien Chedjou Nancy St. Etienne Lukas Piszczek Dante Gijon Claudio Pizzaro Racing Santander Jonas Hannover Santander Claudio Pizarro Cesena David Jarolim Joe Cole Moussa Dembele Yakubu Leon Best Benat Kaiserslautern Christian Tiffert Paolo De Ceglie Federico Balzaretti Jeremey Menez Juan MGladbach Andreas Ivanschitz Jires Kembo-Ekoko Guillaume Hoarau Florent Malouda Steve Gohouri Kenwyne Jones Lecce Stephen Ireland Jakub Blaszcykowski Sloan Privat Abraham Guie Guie Louis Saha Martin Harnik German Bundesliga Grant Holt Ali Al-Habsi Ludovic Sane Aldo Angoula Younes Kaboul Brest Marcelo Stiliyan Petrov mathieu Valbuena Tono Ramirez Gianluca Buffon Emile Heskey John Utaka Markus Rosenborg Jonathan Biabiany Andrea Caracciolo Evian Thonon Gaillard Mohammed Abdellaoue Dijon Anton Ferdinand Betting Eric Mouloungui Gregory Pujol Eduardo Ribeiro Sebastien Larsson Nolan Roux Bradley Johnson Jamie O'Hara Wes Brown Jason Lowe Jose Enrique Anders Lindegaard Mark Schwarzer Cheik Tiote Alberto Aquilani Danny Murphy Martin O'Neill Modibo Maiga OGC Nice Perparim Hetemaj Alejandro Faurlin Leon Britton Antonio Nocerino Maximiliano Moralez Claudio Marchisio Marco Rigoni Simone Pepe Heidar Helguson Mark Gower Blackburn Emanuele Calaiò Zlatan Ibrahimović Germán Denis Jose Jurado Nicolas Anelka Edgar Barreto Alexandre Song Shaun Wright-Phillips Nicolas Maurice-Belay Jhon Jairo Culma Kevin Anin Sebastien Corchia Kevin Theophile-Catherine FC Cologne Julien Feret Jaroslav Plasil Yann Jouffre Tomas Rincon Kevin Davies Giampiero Pinzi Tamas Hajnal Camel Meriem Frederic Bulot AS Nancy Gabriel Torje Lynel Kitambala Florent Sinama-Pongolle Idriss Saadi Oscar Trejo Botelho Juanlu Axel Bellinghausen Gonzalo Castro Andrea Cossu Marcel Schafer Marco Hoger Timothy Chandler Bolton Wanderers Ivan Klasnic Paris St Germain Wolverhampton Wanderers Wigan Athletic Javi Varas Blackburn Rovers Stephan Lichtsteiner Anotnio Cassano Nenad Milijas Anatoliy Tymoshchuk Luis Gustavo Ruud van Nistelrooy Benoit Cheyrou Lucho Gonzalez League Analysis Walter Samuel Christian Chivu AS Roma Stephen Warnock Martin Kelly Gary Caldwell Karl Henry Kevin Doyle England National Football Team Javi Venta Vicente Iborra Sergio Ballesteros Bobby Zamora Jonas Gutierrez Dariusz Dudka Youssouf Hadji Christian Abbiati Alvaro Dominguez Phil Neville Senad Lulic Filip Daems Ezequiel Schelotto Victor Ruiz Jonathan Pereira Anthony Reveillere Santiago Gentiletti Cheikh Diabate Nicolas Spolli Luciano Fabian Monzon Mauricio Isla Ignazio Abate Titus Bramble Leroy Lita Christian Lell Philipp Wollscheid Milivoje Novakovic Tottenhman Hotspur Johan Cavalli Eliseu Serdar Tasci Ryan Babel Aleksandar Ignjovski Chechu Dorado Djamel Mesbah Arsenal Swansea Ashely Williams Piscu Eden Dzeko Emmerson Boyce Auxerre Phil Bardsley Jose Bosingwa Gretar Steinsson Mattia Cassani Jonathan Woodgate Germany National Football Team Gasperini Mauro Zarate Diego Forlan Estaban Cambiasso Juraj Kucka Marco Faraoni Joel Obi Benedikt Howedes Clemens Fritz Chris Lowe Daniel van Buyten Albania Yann M’Vila Baptiste Reynet Angelo Palombo Eric Tie Bi Chris Mavinga Aaron Hughes Chris Baird Raul Aly Cissokho Alessandro Del Piero France National Football Team Marc Tierney Bundelsiga Raul Bobadilla Loric Remy Jean Pascal Mignot Mainz 05 Schalke 04 Marcel Risse Steven Reid Danny Gabbidon Michal Kadlec Paulo Machado Ben Watson Spain National Football Team German National Football Team Bundeslgia Ricardo Carvalho Ivan Ramis Diego Colotto Sergio Fernandez Sere A Cesare Bovo Miguel Britos Bostjan Cesar Jose Angel Gabriel Heinze Chris Samba Charles N'Zogbia Yohan Demont Rod Fanni Rudy Mater Georgios Tzavellas Javier Pinola Dennis Aogo Daniel Schwaab Attacking Full-Backs Defensive Wingers 2010/11 Attacking Wingers Nicolas Douchez Under-21 Team of Season 2010-11 Maxi Rodriguez Crossing Wingers Under-21 Team of Season All-Round Midfielders Benoit Pedretti Rising Stars Gaetano D'Agostino Centre Backs Paulo Da Silva Ivan Hernandez Eric Abidal Weligton Borja Ekiza Alassane Toure Stephane Grichting Jordan Loties Kader Mangane Adama Coulibaly Pedro Geromel Neven Subotic Christian Zapata Roger Johnson Stephan Lichsteiner Reto Ziegler David Vaughan Seb Larsson Asamoah Gyan Benoit Pedretti Anthony Mounier Simao Duda Alvaro Cejudo Xabi Prieto Alexsandar Kolarov Guiseppe Mascara Simone Bentivoglio Fernando Marques Gian Piero Gasperin Thomas Hitzlsperger Rafael Van der Vaart Theofanis Gekas Gerard Asamoah Youssef Al Arabi Lisandro Loric Remy Victor Hugo Montano Edison Cavani Sergio Pellissier David Di Michele Steward Downing Spain Under 21 Felipe Caicedo Pierre Webo Youssef El-Arabi Brown Ideye Mobido Maiga Chu-Young Robin Van Persie Kevin Gamerio Udinese. Alexis Sanchez Sami Allagui Frédéric Kanouté Renato Augusto Jonathan Pitropia Eljero Elia Ivo Llicevic Diego Perez Alvaro González Abel Hernandez David VIlla Marcel Schmelzer Danijel Pranjic Holger Badstuber Sven Bender Johan Djourou Darren Fletcher Carlos Kameni Thiago Silve Antonia Di Natale Oliver Baumann Anatoliy Tymoscchuk Christain Fuchs Cristiano Zapata Domenico Criscito Luis Jimenez Josep Ilicic Samuel Eto’o Alexis Thébaux Ludovic Sané Mamouda Sakho Boukary Dramé Daniel Alves Nikolay Mihaylov Charles Puyol Ji-Sung Park Edwin van der Sar Dani Alves John O’Shea Park Ji-Jung Gabi Fernandez Jonathan de Guzman Michael Owen Gary Taylor-Fletcher Ian Evatt DJ Campbell Charles N’Zogbia Wolverhampton Avram Grant Conor Sammon Wayne Bridge Rob Green Victor Obinna Mike Hanke Borussia Munchengladbach VfL Bochum Tomasz Kuszczak Martin Olsson Brett Emerton Steven N’Zonzi Muset Ozil Gianpaolo Pazzini Leonardo Seydou Keita Miguel Pallardo Ibrahim Afellay Valdo Pallardo Damien Perquis Luka Modrid David SIlva Benoit Assou-Ekotto Vedran Corluka Saloman Kalou Clarence Seedorf Matteo Brighi Fabio Simplicio Rodrigo Taddei Mark Van Bommel Gennaro Gattuso Kevin Prince-Boateng Nicolas Burdisso Elkin Soto Pep Gaurdiola Antonio da Silva Robert Mak Anderson. 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