Neville Southall: Simon Mignolet isn’t a ‘Liverpool goalkeeper’
Everton legend Neville Southall is still unconvinced by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Neville Southall says Simon Mignolet doesn’t have the necessary arrogance to be a top Liverpool goalkeeper.
The Everton legend faced Reds greats like Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobbelaar during his playing career at Goodison Park.
He doesn’t look arrogant. He doesn’t look as if he’s in command of everyone
Mignolet has managed to recover from a poor start to the season, playing a key role in their 13-game unbeaten run before defeat by Manchester United.
However, the former Everton goalkeeper still isn’t sold on the Belgium international, questioning the 27-year-old’s temperament after an inconsistent season.
“I think he is what he is. I just don’t think he’s a Liverpool goalie,” Southall is quoted as saying by thesetpieces.com.
“He doesn’t look arrogant. He doesn’t look as if he’s in command of everyone. He doesn’t look as if he can go a full game without making a mistake. I think at times he makes great saves, but at times he can’t and he’s nowhere near it. I look at Mignolet and I think he can have all the coaching he wants, he hasn’t improved.”
The Everton legend added: “His fundamental thing, his decision making, is bad. At those clubs, you have to believe that you’re good. You’re in an atmosphere where people examine you more than anywhere else.
“At a small club, you can have a good game, a bad game, some average games and you’ll get by all the way to the end of the season. At a top club, it’s different. People don’t care what’s happening in your house, whatever’s happening with your family, whatever’s happening within the cub. People judge you on the 90 minutes and you’ve got to be good. And he ain’t been good enough.”
Mignolet has made 51 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit this season.
The Belgian joined Liverpool in a £9m deal from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, signing a five-year deal with the Merseyside outfit.
The shot stopper lost his place in the Liverpool first-team earlier this season before he was recalled following injury to Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones.