Jerzy Dudek has backed Simon Mignolet to prove himself at Liverpool but believes he needs a defensive organiser ahead of him.
Mignolet has come in for regular criticism since joining Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013, but the Belgian was the Reds’ hero on Tuesday night when he saved two penalties in a shootout against Stoke City to help Jurgen Klopp’s side into the Capital One Cup final.
Dudek, who famously also saved two spot-kicks in Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final win over AC Milan, believes Mignolet has all the attributes to succeed at Anfield.
The Pole acknowledges the problems Mignolet has had in dealing with high balls but believes a leader at the heart of the defence could solve that.
“He is a good goalkeeper,” Dudek said. “He will get better too. He is 27 now, which is younger than me when I signed for Liverpool, he is just getting to the best years for a keeper.
“He’s good with his feet and he is good on the line.
“He has had some problems with high balls – crosses – but a lot of keepers have the same problem in England.
“I think he needs someone in front of him, someone like Jamie Carragher or Sami Hyypia, someone who can organise and lead the defence.”