Jurgen Klopp recently insisted that the Reds’ goalkeeping situation is very good and he won’t sign a new goalkeeper this summer.
The German signed compatriot Loris Karius last summer to replace Simon Mignolet as our new first choice goalkeeper. Mignolet got a chance to start the season following an injury to Karius, but the Belgian was eventually replaced by the former Mainz shot-stopper in November.
Mignolet got another opportunity after a month of a dismal display from Karius and this time the former Sunderland man indeed grabbed the chance with both hands.
Liverpool legend and former Reds goalkeeper Ray Clemence has too heaped huge praise on Mignolet for his improvement and attributed our recent upswing in form against lesser lights to Mignolet’s heroics against the likes of Stoke City and West Brom.
While speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Clemence said: “There’s a difference between making great saves and making the game-changing saves that Simon produced in Liverpool’s recent away games at Stoke, West Brom and Watford.”
“They were the difference between winning the game and drawing or losing so those saves were crucial to Liverpool hopes of making the Champions League.”
While Mignolet’s shot stopping has never been a problem, his inability of dealing with aerial threats needed massive improvement and the 29-year-old has indeed been exceptional during our recent surge in form.
Despite being overly criticised, we have good young goalkeepers in Loris Karius and Danny ward and there seems no immediate requirement for a new goalkeeper.
While Karius’s huge talent cannot be discarded by his dodgy start at Liverpool, Ward has been excellent out on loan with Huddersfield Town too. The 22-year-old, who is regarded as the best goalkeeper in the Championship, helped his side win the play-offs semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday this week.
Who do you think should start as our first choice goalkeeper next season – Mignolet, Karius or Ward?
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