Reds could give Brad Jones a rare start in goal.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could sensationally axe underperforming goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from his starting line-up for today’s crunch Premier League local derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford, report the Mail, despite the relative lack of experience of his deputy Brad Jones.
Mignolet has been in woeful form for Liverpool this season and members of the media have accused the Belgian of sending the jitters through his defence, which has tended to be shaky anyway, although Australian stopper Jones has rarely impressed on his rare chances in the Reds’ first team.
Signed from Middlesbrough as cheap back up in the goalkeeping position, Jones is capable of making some good reflex stops but does not spread confidence through his defence and is inconsistent in his distribution – the very same criticism that have been leveled at Mignolet this season.
Despite concerns over Jones, however, it would appear that Brendan Rodgers is ready to make a decisive choice ahead of the trip along the motorway to Manchester, with the report also suggesting that winger Raheem Sterling could start as the club’s most advanced player after the struggles of Liverpool’s natural centre forwards this season.