Keeping with the Times at Liverpool

Keeping with the Times at Liverpool

Over recent weeks, Simon Mignolet has been nothing less than fantastic, making match winning saves in consecutive games, and taking defensive responsibility in Liverpool's pursuit of a Champions League qualification spot. In the recent match at Vicarage Road, Mignolet put in a truly commendable display, claiming crosses with confidence, and relieving pressure on the team at crucial points within the game; he appeared to be playing with confidence and authority, a far cry from the goalkeeper, dropped mere weeks into the season. …
Is Impressive Mignolet Winning Round The Doubters?

Is Impressive Mignolet Winning Round The Doubters?

Who else remembers that bizarre moment at Burnley in 2014/15, when Simon Mignolet allowed the ball to run out before kicking it? It left you lost for words. It was one of many strange occurrences during the Belgian’s time at Liverpool - the kind that have ensured he has never earned universal praise from the Reds fanbase. He got off to a sensational start in August 2013, making a late penalty save to deny Stoke's pesky Jon Walters on his …
Simon Mignolet Compared to Europe's Elite Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet Compared to Europe's Elite Goalkeepers

Yes this is another Simon Mignolet article, however it's different to those that have went before it. Many have given their opinion on the Belgian shot stopper and cited instances in games to back their opinions up, but very few have really digged into the statistical side of it. Granted, Goalkeeper stats is an understudied area when it comes to football. It's hard to really read into the performances of 'keepers like you can with outfield players, It's hard to …
Liverpool Need A New Man Between The Sticks

Liverpool Need A New Man Between The Sticks

Statistics can tell you a number of things and sometimes can cloud fans judgements on players, some players pass completion rates are incredibly high, but if they only pass safe short passes into the more gifted players, is this really telling you the full picture?  Similarly, with Simon Mignolet, he has had 5 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, and has conceded only 19 goals in 16 games in the league, his shot saved to goal ratio is …
Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Mixes, and the Future (Part 2)

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Mixes, and the Future (Part 2)

Read Part 1: ‘What Makes a Goalkeeper a Keeper?” here. The One Who Currently Rules with Velvet Gloves – Simon Mignolet If there ever was a player who exhibited traits of Jekyll and Hyde so clearly over a season, it has to be Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. It’s fair to say that Mignolet would be the first one to put his hand up and say that the first half of the last season was downright abject. He suffered a crisis …
What Makes a Goalkeeper a Keeper? (Part 1)

What Makes a Goalkeeper a Keeper? (Part 1)

What Makes a Goalkeeper a Keeper? First to be blamed; last to be credited – that’s the life of a goalkeeper. It's often said that a striker can laze around, shoot blanks and run like a headless chicken for the entire game, but his stoppage (Fergie) time goal makes him the hero. A goalkeeper on the other hand, can make Superman-like saves the entire game, yet his one and only blunder makes him the villain. For Liverpool however, we had to wait until Brendan Rodgers …
Is Simon Mignolet Good Enough? Compared to Cech, De Gea, Howard & Szczesny

Is Simon Mignolet Good Enough? Compared to Cech, De Gea, Howard & Szczesny

It was the season to be jolly, until Boxing Day, when Alvaro Negredo's awkward strike was helped into the back of the net by Simon Mignolet's hand and gifted Manchester City three points, prompting mass hysteria on Twitter - as always seems to be the case these days. "He isn't good enough!" and "Bring back Reina!" clogged up the cyberspace for a while as we saw an age old problem for goalkeepers come true, make one mistake and all of …