Top 5 goalkeepers Liverpool should look at to replace Simon Mignolet
Liverpool is one of the best attacking teams in the Premier League this season. They have already scored 54 goals in their 24 games, a figure bettered only by the league leaders Manchester City.
Their attacker Mohamed Salah currently sits second in the top scorers' ranking with 18 goals behind Spurs striker Harry Kane, who has 21 goals to his name. Along with Salah, Roberto Firmino is also on fire in front of goal, scoring 10 goals already.
Liverpool has one of the most dangerous attacks in Europe even after selling their star Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a club record fee of £108 million, that could raise up to £142 million.
They have defeated the mighty Manchester City recently using this ruthless attack. But their defense have let them down many times in the past. Even in the match against City, they nearly blew their 4-1 lead as City pulled back two goals in the dying minutes.
Liverpool's defence is very shaky this term and they simply let in many cheap goals. In their most recent effort to improve that poor defence, they brought in Virgil van Dijk from Southampton as the club's record signing, for £75 million.
Still Liverpool's defence is not good enough and one position they immediately need to improve is that of the goalkeeper. In Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have two main goalkeeping options - and neither are convincing.
First-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who plays second fiddle to Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois in the Belgian national team, is currently on a very bad run of form. The goalkeeping errors Mignolet has made throughout the season are one of the major causes for Liverpool's poor defensive record.
A team like Liverpool need a quality man between the posts, who puts in consistent performances every week, if they seriously want to challenge for the Premier League title. So, it's time to discuss the best options the Reds should look at to replace Mignolet.
#5 Jack Butland
Jack Butland has finally got over his injury problems and has been in fantastic form for the struggling Stoke City side. He has grown into one of the finest keepers in the Premier League and he is still only 24 years old, meaning he could have a long career for the Reds.
The 196cm tall English goalkeeper is arguably in the best form of his life, but his hard work may go to waste as Stoke is currently just one position above the relegation zone. Butland is far too good to be fighting relegation and may even have the potential to perform at Champions League level.
Jack Butland currently makes an average of 3.6 saves per game this season. Along with that, his long passing is very good, which would help the team initiate counter attacks.
His impressive performances in between the posts have recently earned him a call-up to England's national team recently. Butland is currently being linked with a move to Liverpool and it is still not too late sign him.
A move to Anfield will surely be attractive to him since he will have ambitions of playing in the Champions League to enhance his chances with the national team. He is in contract with Stoke City untill June of 2021 and if Liverpool want to have him, they will need to pay more than £40 million.