So, Simon Mignolet has been given a new five year contract and everyone, and their dog, are apoplectic with rage (if the internet is an indicator of common opinion). Personally, I find the affair rather fascinating. What exactly is Klopp trying to do? He must be able to see to the keeper’s inconsistent performances on the pitch and he must be aware of the increasingly negative feelings towards him. Yet he has stood behind the Belgian both publicly and privately, a fact Mignolet is all too happy to communicate. Is Klopp making a completely foreseeable mistake or does he see something most are missing?

Perhaps Klopp is basing his decisions on facts rather than opinions. It is undeniable that Mignolet kept the most Premier League clean sheets throughout 2015 and is second only to Joe Hart in the number of clean sheets kept by a PL keeper at their current club. However, cold statistics alone still don’t blot out the images of goals being scored at the keeper’s near post, arms flapping at corners and indecision when coming off the goal line. Could it be that Klopp has merely offered Mignolet a new contract to bump up his resale value and thus create a bigger pot to spend on a replacement keeper?

Maybe, maybe not. What we could be seeing is Klopp’s infamous man management skills operating at their softest setting. We know Mignolet is a confidence player, his performances can dip drastically when he begins to doubt his own ability, but the stats prove that underneath all the hysteria and controversy is a naturally able keeper that needs to improve specific elements of his game. Klopp could genuinely feel he is able to do that. Add to that the fact that Klopp has made it clear on several occasions that Mignolet has been wrongly blamed for errors caused by the shortcomings of his defence and it’s clear Klopp believes Mignolet has had to operate in less than ideal circumstances. Maybe Klopp, having only joined the club recently, is viewing Mignolet with an objectivity we are incapable of after experiencing all the highs and lows of his Liverpool career?

Whatever Klopp’s motivation is regarding Mignolet there is little doubt that the way he handles this issue could have a considerable impact on his role as Liverpool manager.

 

 

 

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Andy
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For me the 5 year deal has been offered & signed. But I think there is some method in the madness, I don’t rate Mig as a number 1, but by securing a 5 year deal, I think Klopp will offload Bog man & we will purchase a credible Keeper in coming weeks or the next window.

warrior18
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I think andy may have hit the nail on the head with this one. Not in a million years should migs be classed as a LFC number 1 goal keeper, number 2 at best so i’m with andy’s theory here that klopp has his eye on a number 1 keeper and will try and get him in this summer. I also think the sell-on theory is very plausible aswell as that makes perfect sense. The only downside to it all is that we’ll have to endure migs for the rest of the season at the very least, i hope one of the keepers that klopp has his eye on is butland.

sandiphulse
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We don’t have any better options till the summer window, Klopp is making him feel better at most, we can always loan him out, I still think Klopp and the scouts are still in the hunt for a world class stopper, lets say we get one, even using migs as a back up would scare us, coz then he will be annoyed to appear as a second choice and can’t expect him to do a proper job…. once we have a world class stopper, if ward who has been called back or some youngster along with him will be our back up in the future…. Migs will be loaned out for sure… nobody in PL would be too keen to buy him after seeing the soft goals we have conceded ….

Or Migs can put an end to all this by pulling up some amazing consistent performances till may …. I think that is the situation what Klopp has put Migs in…

Huytonian
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It’s not that he’s a bad keeper (they all make mistakes) but he’s simply not top top quality and that’s what we need to make a push for that elusive league title. I’d be very surprised if Klopp really rates him as highly as he is saying. I’m wondering if he sees strengthening other positions as a priority for the summer with goalkeeper replacement being for a later transfer window. I hope not!

KLOPPite
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I think we should look to have two deep solid at all positions.
Mignolet is a good shot stopper. Distribution and set pieces are needing improvement. Set pieces as mentioned, are not all on him always though.
I think the it is a case of tying down a respectable player at a position where we don’t have a ready made replacement in house ready to take over, or a clear cut much better one ready to sign for the club. So to let a player like that run out of contract too soon would also be irresponsible.
Let’s not forget that a five year contract isn’t set in stone and means he is our starter for five years. Club and player can almost always force their way out of a contract.
But maybe the real issue here is that Klopp sees many more issues and positions ahead of keeper that need to be upgraded in upcoming Windows. To secure a serviceable keeper now allows him money and focus on those other spots over the next three to five Windows.

Realspanishred
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I actually feel sorry for Migs. Every goal we concede is not his fault. After the Arsenal game I looked at the goals Czech conceded and came to the conclusion that Czech should have done better with two of our goals. And I looked at the ones we conceded, Migs got blamed for the goal scored by Giroud from the corner. If analyzed without bias against Migs it wasn’t his fault imo. Lallana was supposed to be covering a ball into the front post and didn’t do it, whoever was supposed to be marking Giroud didn’t do it. Migs only mistake was he was possibly too slow to react to Girouds touch. I do think people need to stop looking to blame Migs for others mistakes. My biggest problem with Migs is he should command his box better. It is something he can learn, his clean sheet stats are good for a reason, and if we are being honest he doesn’t have the most reliable defense in front of him. He is no De Gea but he’s a lot better than most people give him credit for. I think Klopp feels he can sort the rough edges. Believe.

Simply Red
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Methinks we all need to get together with Klopp over a few beers so he can clarify this issue. If you asked me top 6 and bottom 6 keepers in the PL Migs will be in my bottom 6. Don’t believe you can train him to improve now what’s already ingrained in him

Realspanishred
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So would Czech be in your top 6, I know Migs would be in mine.

Huytonian
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I can’t agree with either of you on this one. Migs would be in the upper end of my middle 8 which isn’t good enough for Liverpool.

Realspanishred
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Lol what position is the upper end of middle 8. I really don’t think Migs is as bad as most are making him out to be. Our defense can’t be excused of a lot of the blame. As I said earlier (haha I sound like Brendan) it is too easy to blame the keeper for goals conceded, people need to look outside the box. Defending set pieces is not as easy as many seem to think, for a start every player should know who to mark,or where to be before the game even starts. If Klopp made the decision for Hendo to mark the hair in the Mancs match then he needs to have a word with himself. Also I am an ex goalkeeper and nowadays it seems too easy to block off the goalkeeper, when I played refs would give obstruction, nowadays not so much, so it’s more difficult for a keeper to get to the ball during set pieces. He needs protection from his defense and imo Migs is not getting any. Also players need to be on the posts I really don’t know why they don’t do this anymore. I think people need to give Migs a… Read more »
warrior18
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Ah ha, now we know why you have his back 🙄 🙄 you used to protect the onion bag, you keepers are all the same mate 😀 😀

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