Peter Schmeichel: What I really think about 29-year-old Liverpool FC star
Peter Schmeichel delivers his honest verdict on Simon Mignolet at Liverpool FC
Peter Schmeichel is backing Simon Mignolet to prove his critics wrong at Liverpool and prove that he is worthy of the number one spot at the club.
The Belgian goalkeeper has been competing with Loris Karius for a place in the starting line-up at Anfield in recent weeks and neither of the two shot-stoppers have been particularly convincing.
Mignolet did produce a solid display for Liverpool as the Reds played out a goalless draw with Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, with the goalkeeper having saved well from Romelu Lukaku in the first half.
Although Manchester United legend Schmeichel feels that Mignolet does have a lot of room for improvement, the former goalkeeper believes that he has the necessary attributes to be a success at the club.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Schmeichel said: “I think he is potentially very good.
“He has had a really good season. Against Leicester he dropped the ball, but that is the only mistake he has made.
“My problem for Simon has been that his decision-making at times has not been very good, and sometimes I feel he is a goalkeeper that, with the insecurity and criticism he is facing, he wants to show everyone that he is a good goalkeeper.
“It looks like he has calmed down a little bit and Jurgen Klopp has told him ‘you’re my No 1, go and play as a No 1’ and he is now doing the job that he needs to do.
“Whatever is coming his way he is dealing with and not getting into trouble with other players and trying to deal with stuff he shouldn’t deal with. I think he is a really good goalkeeper and just needs to calm down a little bit and once he does that…”
Mignolet will be hoping to start in goal for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action on Sunday with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
The Reds are currently nine points behind leaders Manchester City in the race for the title after eight games of the new campaign.