Giving Simon Mignolet a five year contract has to be one of the oddest decisions Liverpool have made in a number of years.
And the Belgian again proved as much on Saturday, feebly letting in Adam Johnson’s Sunderland free-kick to get Sam Allardyce’s men back in the game. Eventually of course they drew 2-2, making his blunder another extremely costly one.
And following the mistake, The Anfield Chat counted Mignolet’s decisive errors that led to goals this term, and revealed an unbelievable statistic.
If it was not for Simon Mignolet costing Liverpool an approximate 15 points this season we would be 2nd.
— The Anfield Chat (@TheAnfieldChat) February 6, 2016
We’re not sure if it really would be as much as 15 points, but it’s a certainty that if we had a decent goalkeeper we’d be at least challenging for a top four place. This statistic from WhoScored backs up the claims.
Simon Mignolet: Has made more errors that have led directly to a goal (9) than any other player in the last 3 Premier League seasons #LFC
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 6, 2016
Surely, surely it’s time for Danny Ward to get a chance in the first-team.
The Welshman’s young and inexperienced but is he really going to do a worse job than Mignolet?
Of the past 19 shots on his goal in the Premier League, he’s conceded 12 of them.