Who should be Liverpool’s Number one?
Over the past few seasons the goalkeeper position at Liverpool has proven to be a headache for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Klopp has two keepers to choose from- Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, both are yet to stake a claim to be the undisputed number one, after less than convincing displays last season.
Simon Mignolet had been Liverpool’s first choice for three seasons, but was yet to fully convince anyone he was good enough for the Reds. Upon Loris Karius’ arrival in the summer of 2016, big things were expected of the German born shot stopper, despite his modest £4.7 million transfer fee. Originally brought in to replace Mignolet, a preseason injury ruled him out for the opening stages of the season. When he returned his shaky displays meant he only lasted ten Premier League games, before he was dropped and Mignolet was reinstated for the rest of the campaign, and has remained first choice so far this season.
When you look into last seasons stats, Mignolet kept nine clean sheets, made fifty-three saves and conceded thirty goals in his twenty-eight Premier League games. Compared to Karius keeping three clean sheets, making twenty saves and conceding 12 goals in his 10 Premier League appearances.
However arguably the most important stat is that in his ten games, Karius made two errors leading to goals, whereas Mignolet only made one. This highlights a large flaw in Karius’ game, an unreliable goalkeeper is unlikely to ever be trusted with a number one spot at a top club.
Overall despite Mignolet’s obvious flaws he is the more reliable option out of the two, and when you add his sensational penalty saving ability (he has saved the same amount of penalties as Petr Cech, Peter Schmeichel and Thibaut Courtois combined-10) he must surely get the nod over Karius.