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9 Feb 2017

Macca: €23m Liverpool star must start vs. Spurs or it'll be 'really damaging'. Agree?

Should Simon Mignolet be dropped for Saturday's crunch clash with Tottenham Hotspur?

Mignolet - recently described by Klopp as being 'in brilliant shape' - has made two mistakes in his last two games, but according to ex-Red Jason McAteer:

“Yes, he [Mignolet] made a mistake last weekend but while it was right to drop him the first time it would be really damaging to do it again. It would do more harm than good to bring Karius back".

I totally agree with this, and argued similar points right after the defeat to Hull. On the whole, Mignolet has been solid since his return to the team, and he's actually won the club points along the way. Chelsea, for example - he made a minor mistake with the free-kick goal, but then saved a penalty, which stopped the Reds from losing, and won the team a point.

Mignolet's record since his return to the side:

* 10 goals conceded in 9 games (One every 90 mins)

* Liverpool unbeaten in 7 of those 9 games (3 clean sheets)

The mistakes are an issue, but there are bigger problems for Jurgen Klopp to fix right now, especially in defence, and the lack of real protection in front of the back four.

What happens if Karius comes back into the team and immediately has a 'mare - drop him and bring back Mignolet?! At some point, a manager has to stick with a 'keeper; Mignolet is not the long-term solution, but like all players, his performance is likely to improve if he feels the confidence of the manager.

That said, if Klopp dumps Mignolet and brings back Karius, then he much (IMO) stick with him until the end of the season, irrespective of mistakes. Changing goalkeepers every few games is not conducive to defensive stability, and Liverpool have discovered that first hand this season.

^ Mignolet: €23m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). .

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