Liverpool Keeper Mignolet Dropped “Indefinitely” Says Rodgers

Reds To Dip Into Market For Keeper?

Simon Mignolet LiverpoolLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been dropped indefinitely from the first team starting line-up.

The Belgium international was replaced by Australian keeper Brad Jones for today’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and the 32-year-old Jones looks set to keep his place in the starting line-up for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Bournemouth.

“I felt I had to change it because we have to find solutions throughout the squad to be better,” said Rodgers.

“I said to Simon that it’s for an indefinite period.”

Rodgers added: “Simon’s been fine, he’s a really good professional. I spoke to him the other day and he accepted it and understood it.

“It can sometimes happen to a keeper where you come out of the firing line and it can help you and allow you time to reflect.

“Brad’s a very capable keeper so he was always going to play in the Bournemouth game anyway.”

Mignolet has been criticised for his keeping this season with former Anfield goalie Bruce Grobelaar claiming he was “worse than Dracula”.

The news is almost certain to lead to speculation about a new keeper in the January transfer window. A revival of interest in former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes could be on the cards. The Spain international trained with Liverpool earlier this year but the Merseyside club refused to offer him a contract before he had proved his fitness.

Valdes has since trained with Manchester United and is also interesting Mexican side Queretaro.

Liverpool have also been linked with Chelsea keeper Petr Cech and Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic. But Cech’s agent has denied he will leave Stamford Bridge in January, while Stoke are expected to put up some resistance to a departure for Bosnia international Begovic.

Today’s defeat to Manchester United leaves Liverpool in tenth place in the Premier League having lost seven and won only six of their 16 fixtures. The Reds lie seven points off one of the Champions League spots.

“The most important thing for me today was we looked like scoring,” Rodgers said after the match. “Over the course of the season we haven’t been creative enough.

“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. I thought we were the better team in the first half but we gave away disappointing goals.

“I think it tells you everything that their goalkeeper was man of the match. Our creativity was good today, probably the best all season.

“We know what the solutions are but we have to keep working and hopefully the confidence will return.”