Toffees ace fears for Mignolet future at Anfield.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard believes there may be no way back for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after he was dropped from the starting lineup by Brendan Rodgers, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Belgian shot-stopper found himself relegated to the bench for last weekend’s game against Manchester United, and seems likely to stay out of the starting lineup despite a far from convincing performance from Brad Jones in his place.
Mignolet only joined Liverpool last season but quickly became regarded as a weak point of the team, though Howard still feels the club should have stuck with him during this difficult period.
The USA international feels goalkeepers are often in the spotlight and that managers need to accept that they will go through highs and lows in their career, but that the confidence of those around them is crucial to helping them get back to their best, which will be harder to achieve now since his high-profile dropping from the first-team.
“I feel for him, it’s not easy,” Howard said. “It’s a big confidence position, and not just for the goalkeeper to have confidence.
“When you take a goalkeeper out of the team and then you bring him back, does the team have confidence in him? Does the team have confidence in him?
“I’ll be honest and I think it’s a hard road back now. I think when you get taken out of the team, sometimes there’s no way back.
“It’s unfortunate for a goalkeeper, but that’s how it is. You can’t come on and play the last 20 or 30 minutes and put a good shift in and win a few tackles. It’s all or nothing with goalkeepers.”