Our former number one David James has told the Liverpool Echo that we should stick with Simon Mignolet, despite a growing outcry over Klopp’s decision to offer him a new contract.
“I’m a Simon Mignolet fan”, said James. “There have been questions asked about Simon ever since he joined Liverpool. I think a lot of that is down to the calibre of goalkeepers Liverpool had before him. It wasn’t easy replacing someone like Pepe Reina who had done so well for the club”.
A look at the stats reveal the Belgian has been directly responsible for eight opposition goals over the last three campaigns – more than any other keeper in the league – but James claims that there’s a lot more to come from the 27 year old.
“Forget that mistake, in general I’ve seen a change in Simon’s overall performances under Klopp. He’s been given the confidence to do more, not just take the easy option and kick the ball down field”.
“He’s in the right environment to keep improving. Klopp clearly thinks he can get something special out of him”.
Whether or not we should be taking advice from James is unclear. The now 45 year old is open about his love for our club, which is admirable, but he was one of the most error prone keepers we’ve had since the Premier League era began.
He made 214 appearance for us between 1992 and 1999, but by the end of his career he had developed the nickname “Calamity James”. He was arguably a better keeper once he left the Reds, going on to collect 53 caps for England and play for Manchester City and Portsmouth, amongst others.
Either way, his support shows that the fabled ‘Goalkeepers’ Union’ is clearly very much alive and kicking!