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Liverpool Close In On £9m Deal for Sunderland Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Daily Soccer Report

simon mignolet Liverpool Close In On £9m Deal for Sunderland Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Daily Soccer Report

Liverpool are holding talks over a potential £9million deal to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgium goalkeeper would be a fine addition to the Anfield squad and would give Liverpool goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Brad Jones serious competition for the starting spot at the club.

Here’s what the Salut! Sunderland blog says about his pending departure:

“If Simon Mignolet does leave, I am sure it is with the best wishes of all true Sunderland fans. The penalty save at The Sports Direct Arena [against Newcastle], the string of brave saves against Manchester City and the way that he kept us in the derby game in April, will live long in the memory.

“He was thrown in at the deep end [when he joined Sunderland] as Craig Gordon was not fit and he did struggle at first. He was criticised for not building a good enough wall, thereby allowing Ryan Taylor to curl home the winning free kick for the Mags. He recovered from that and had a decent season – the odd mistake, a little bit of indecision and areas where his game could improve.

“Improve it did. The arrival of better central defenders in Wes Brown and John O’Shea helped him and, although injury ruled him out for two months, he came back for that epic win over Manchester City and had a blinder.”

What are your thoughts about Mignolet? Will he be a good transfer buy for Liverpool? And will he be able to unseat Pepe Reina from the starting spot? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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9 Responses to Liverpool Close In On £9m Deal for Sunderland Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Daily Soccer Report

  1. Marc L says:

    Torres’ Chelsea record “so-so?”

    File under: “massive understatement of the day.”

  2. Bill says:

    For once someone who isn’t following the rest of the sheep and assuming Mignolet is going to replace Reina. he is in fact needed to replace Doni, Jones was only ever third choice and really should be replaced.

  3. manka says:

    it is agood transfer

  4. Gary says:

    He is an OK keeper, nothing special. His ball distribution is poor so I’m not sure why Rodgers rates him. Saw him play for Belgium recently and he was so-so. To pay 9-10 million for a backup is crazy and if he is going to be the #1 keeper then this might not end well for Liverpool.

    Gulacsi is a better keeper.

    • AC says:

      The idea is that you have competition for every position. Reina’s form has dipped in the last couple of seasons with no real job threat. If Mignolet outperforms Reina, he will start. We are signing Mignolet, but we are also signing a new, hungry Reina.

  5. Sammy says:

    Another average buy and paying over the odds to boot. Will Liverpool ever learn? I guess not.

  6. Conor Canavan says:

    he’s a good shot stopper and good at catching, but his punches could go anywhere and he can be dodgy at times. he should stay

  7. Paul says:

    Are you people commenting on this for real or just bad WUMs? Mignolet is a superb choice of keeper and at 25 has got a decent amount of time ahead of him. He’s one of the best keepers in the league, alongside Lloris and Begovic but that’s just IMO of course.

    As for splashing £8-10m on a squad player to sit it out on the bench… Really? Mignolet wants to move in order to boost his World Cup chances and unless he was getting regular 1st team action, he may as well stay at Sunderland. Reina may or may not go (personally I think he will go) but either way, a 25-year old £8-10m signing isn’t going to be a bench warmer.

  8. Steven P. says:

    Mignolet looks good on a poor team. I’ve seen him play for Belgium and he hasn’t been anything more than OK. He is not a bad goalkeeper but neither is he anywhere as good as Reina. His ball distribution is terrible. Another questionable signing by Liverpool.

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