24 Jan 2018

[GUEST ARTICLE] - Stuck between the sticks: Is there a goalkeeper out there good enough for Liverpool FC?

[AUTHOR: Shaun] Liverpool fans have endured a torrid time with goalkeepers during the Premier League era, and the recent sad loss of the great Tommy Lawrence underlines yet again the urgent need for a dominant, consistently effective goalkeeper at Anfield.

Some tremendous 'keepers have graced the club over the years. Ray Clemence, Bruce Grobbelaar and Pepe Reina all achieved fantastic records, and whilst Jerzy Dudek, David James, Chris Kirkland and Sander Westerveld promised much, they ultimately failed to deliver. The less said about the likes of Adam Bogdan, Brad Jones or Lawrence Vigouroux, the better.

Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are currently fighting it out for the number-one shirt, but neither appear to convincing fans, pundits and the manager that they have what it takes to be the long-term solution. How do they compare against their peers, and is there anyone out with both the ability/character to dominate between the sticks at Anfield?

Below are the stats for the world's top keepers as compared to Mignolet/Karius:

* To flush out one-season wonders, I've used the last four seasons to give a more balanced view.

* Stats can be manipulated, so I've looked at minutes played (MP), goals conceded (GC), clean sheets (CS) minutes played between goals (MPG) and percentage of games that yielded clean sheets:

For me the answer is clear: Get Jan Oblak! If the club needs to pay big money to seal the deal, the pay it. Oblak's figures added to our attack = trophies.


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