Mignolet’s spot under threat as rumours intensify

Date published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 11:14

Simon Mignolet: Recent errors could prove costly

Marseille’s Steve Mandanda and AC Milan’s Diego Lopez have been identified as ‘potential replacements’ for Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has recently warned Liverpool fans not to expect a busy January transfer window, yet the goalkeeping situation at Anfield is thought to be one of the main areas of concern with Mignolet and Adam Bogdan both making costly, high-profile errors in recent weeks.

Mandanda, 30, could be available at a knock-down price in January as he is out of contract at the end of the season and French publication Le Phoceen have claimed that the goalkeeper is in “intense” talks with the Merseyside club.

Relegation-threatened Aston Villa were linked with the French international before their Premier League season deteriorated even further.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Lopez has emerged as another option for Klopp after the 34-year-old lost his place in the AC Milan starting eleven to promising youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma this season.

Mignolet, who is reported to be in fresh contract talks with Liverpool, kept his focus on the unpredictability of this season’s Premier League campaign in a recent interview rather than his own puzzling future as the Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper.

“We know that the league is very tough and that there aren’t any easy games to play – either home or away,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s always going to be tough to get three points and always be a battle. We know that, so we have to prepare ourselves in that kind of way every time the match is being played.

“We know every fixture – not only in the Premier League, cup games as well – is very tough and I think English football is very competitive. All the teams always put in a good performance where you have to show and prove that you are able to get three points.”

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