Three reasons why Petr Cech should swap Chelsea for Liverpool
Kieran Beckles considers three reasons why Petr Cech should consider a January move to Liverpool
He can’t afford to waste away on the Chelsea bench
Thibaut Courtois has scarcely put a foot wrong since Jose Mourinho made the contentious decision to go with the young Belgian ahead of Chelsea stalwart Petr Cech in August. The 22-year-old has conceded 11 goals in 14 games, only Southampton shot-stopper Fraser Forster can better Courtois’s stats. Good news for Chelsea, bad news for Cech. But at 32, Cech can ill-afford to settle. So what is his next step? Well, unsurprisingly, he has plenty of suitors if you’re to believe recent speculation. Arsenal, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain are just some of the prestigious clubs linked with Cech. Some Liverpool fans are understandably frustrated with Brendan Rodgers’s decision to sell Pepe Reina in the summer. The Spaniard previously challenged Cech for the title of the league’s best goalkeeper. However, Reina, 32, is wasting away on the Bayern Munich bench behind the supreme Manuel Neuer. Cech, however, can change his situation and see out the final years of his career in the Premier League, playing regularly. As some of his performances highlighted last season, Cech still has plenty to offer.
Cech could be part of something new and exciting at Anfield
Let’s be honest, Cech has exhausted every challenge with Chelsea. The Czech has won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, not to mention countless FA Cups and League Cups. Yes, some Chelsea fans may argue being part of an unbeaten season would offer Cech fresh incentive. But he isn’t playing! Mourinho has struck with Courtois in the Champions League, too. Liverpool are in desperate need of experience at the back. Current No1 Simon Mignolet is still young in goalkeeper terms, having turned 26 in the summer. While the goalkeeper is a great shot stopper, his ever-increasing tally of mistakes is breeding insecurity in the Liverpool defence. Cech could be the calming influence the likes of Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho need. The Reds were so close to title glory last season, but they conceded too many goals, resulting in the gung-ho approach in their penultimate game at Crystal Palace. We all remember the bedlam in the second half at Selhurst Park. Cech can provide a solid foundation to immediately improve their defence, leaving Brendan Rodgers to plot life after Luis Suarez up front.
Could help improve Mignolet
Cech and Mignolet have something in common; Courtois. While the Chelsea second-choice goalkeeper has been unable to dislodge the 22-year-old at the west London club, Mignolet is playing second fiddle to Courtois in the Belgium set-up. Cech is an honest squad member. There has been very little noise from his camp, aside from denials of an imminent move. Most will expect Cech to brush aside Mignolet if a potential move to Liverpool becomes a reality. If so, Mignolet will benefit from more than adequate competition, for a change. Reds number two Brad Jones is a popular figure at Liverpool, but he isn’t sufficiently challenging the Belgian. Mignolet will have no option but to step up his game should Cech take his place in the starting line-up. The 26-year-old isn’t going to get a bigger move than Liverpool, so he will be reluctant to turn his back on Anfield. Realistically, Cech has two or three left at the top level. Mignolet could learn from a true Premier League great, competing for a first-team spot and emerge a much better goalkeeper. It appears Cech holds no grudge towards Courtois, but he may afford himself a wry smile should Mignolet manage to do the unthinkable and dislodge the Cheleea No1 at international level.