Jamie Carragher has said he thinks Brendan Rodgers may have to start looking for another goalkeeper unless current number one Simon Mignolet improves.
The Belgian international keeper was signed from Sunderland in the Summer of 2013 in a big money move after a good season with the Makems. But he has failed to live up to his price tag thus far.
And now former Reds defender Carragher has said that Mignolet doesn’t make enough big saves and could have done better in the defining moments of last season to aid the title challenge.
Carragher also feels that the custodian should have done better on Saturday when Phil Jagielka smashed a long range strike in to salvage a point for Everton in the Merseyside derby.
“I think the best goalkeepers who win big trophies make big saves at big moments. That was a big moment. It’s not a massive mistake, but can he do better?” Carra told Monday Night Football.
“Everyone always talks about Steven Gerrard slipping and costing Liverpool the league and you can never look at one individual and one mistake, but Demba Ba still had to go through. You’re looking at your keeper and thinking: ‘Come on, win us the league. Make that save that’s going to be a defining moment in the season.’
“Against Manchester City Liverpool lost 2-1 and if he’d made the save from Negredo then that’s two points off City and another one for Liverpool.
“I think of Joe Hart. After the Chelsea game, Man City had a tough game at Everton and they won 3-2. Joe Hart had to make a save from Naismith, flicking his left hand out and that wins them the league.
“We can all talk about goalscorers, players who win the league and make a big difference, but goalkeepers make a massive difference and at those big moments you’ve got to make big saves.
“Up until now in his Liverpool career he hasn’t made those big saves. If it continues I can see Liverpool looking for another goalkeeper.
“There was talk of Victor Valdes because he’s a free agent. But he’s got to improve.”
And Carra’s MNF co-pundit believes that Mignolet would have saved the Everton leveller had he not adopted such a low crouching position before diving at it – and he pointed to similar errors last season against Manchester City and Arsenal, when Álvaro Negredo and Aaron Ramsey put dents into the Reds’ title charge.
“I’d seen it last season and didn’t mention it then and then I saw it on Saturday on thought that it’s a pattern,” Neville said.
“It’s a technical error for me, the way in which he is crouched down, and that’s the reason I mention it.
“It’s three goals in big games. There might be more, but those are the three that I remember, particularly on Saturday because it was such a big moment in the game.”