Brendan Rodgers confirms that he has dropped Simon Mignolet for an “indefinite period”.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had some ominous comments about dropped goalkeeper Simon Mignolet following the Reds’ thumping 3-0 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday, with the Mirror reporting that the Northern Irishman has confirmed that deputy Brad Jones is now his first choice ‘keeper and that Mignolet will be on the sidelines for an “indefinite period”.
Mignolet has made a number of high profile errors this season and has also been criticised in the media for his lack of command over his defence – a back line that has been shaky without the added concern of a lack of faith in an underperforming goalkeeper.
The Belgian was finally dropped following the midweek Champions League exit to FC Basel and, whilst understudy and former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jones did not make any eye catching saves at Old Trafford, he was also not at fault for any of the Red Devils’ three goals – although his positioning for the third was perhaps suspect.
It looks as though the Australian will be given an extended run in the Liverpool first team to prove himself, however, with Rodgers confirming after the match, when asked, that dropping Mignolet was unlikely to be a short term move:
“Yes. I said to Simon it was for an indefinite period.”