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Ouch: Neville Southall Ruthlessly Trolls Poor Liverpool Stopper Simon Mignolet

Goalkeeping legend ranks Mignolet very low in his top 20…

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Former Welsh international goalkeeper Neville Southall has weighed into Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet ahead of the Reds’ fixture with Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, he wrote in his Paddy Power blog.

Here’s what he had to say: 

“All I can say about Simon Mignolet is he’s definitely in my Top 20 of Premier League goalkeepers.

“And trust me, he doesn’t feature very high on it.

“When you think of the great Liverpool goalkeepers Tommy Lawrence, Ray Clemence, Bruce Grobbelaar, Pepe Reina – he never struck me as a player capable of hitting those standards.

“He’s only 26, but from what I’ve seen, he’s just never going to be a Liverpool standard goalie. If you plan on winning leagues and trophies, you need a keeper who’ll pull games out of the fire for you.

“I don’t see that in him. I don’t recall too many games when you go ‘flipping heck – if it wasn’t for him that would have been four or five nil’.

“He can’t cope physically. Skrtel and Lovren have come in for stick, but the lack of understanding they have with the keeper hasn’t helped.”

While Southall’s comments are perhaps a little hyperbolic, not many Liverpool fans would argue that their Belgian no.1 has been largely poor this term.

The 26-year-old has struggled to deal with crosses, and doesn’t instal the inconsistent centre-backs in front of him with much confidence.

As a result, the Reds have been linked heavily with replacements, including Fiorentina’s Brazilian Neto and Espanyol’s impressive Spaniard Kiko Casilla.

Mignolet did keep a clean-sheet during his last Premier League fixture against Hull City, and he’ll be desperate to prove Southall wrong and keep another against Alan Pardew’s rejuvenated Magpies.

 

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