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30 Y/O Liverpool Defensive Star On Ligue 1 Clubs’ Radar: What Should Klopp Do Here?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Belgium news outlet Het Belang van Limburg, OGC Nice are planning to provide Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet with an escape route out his Anfield nightmare. It is understood that the Ligue 1 side are keen on landing the Belgian international during the January transfer window as their manager Patrick Viera is not happy with his current goalkeeping options, Yoan Cardinale and Walter Benitez.

Simon Mignolet’s Anfield Misery

Mignolet has been part of Jurgen Klopp’s bench since being dropped from the Reds first-team at the start of this year. Other than his odd appearance in the cup competitions, the Belgian goalie has been left frustrated with the lack of first-team minutes this season. The addition of Alisson Becker from AS Roma earlier this year saw him get demoted permanently to the Liverpool bench.

Hence, it is extremely important for the player to seek a move away from Merseyside in January and gain some much-needed game time if he wants to reignite his career somewhere else. Mignolet had just featured in one match for the Reds this season when he conceded two goals at Anfield which helped Chelsea qualify into the next round of the League Cup.

What Can Mignolet Offer To Nice?

The Belgian shot-stopper could be a shrewd signing for Viera’s Nice. However, there are still question marks on whether he has gotten rusty over the past year considering how little game time he received while playing for both the Merseyside club and his country.

Mignolet has incredible reflexes and possesses the ability to make some world-class saves when called into action. His positioning is also entirely proper but his distribution skills, on the other hand, can be poor at times. Hence, he needs to work on improving his overall game, and a potential move to Nice could be an ideal opportunity for him to kickstart his career in football.

Should The Reds Sell Their Second-Choice Keeper?

Klopp has no reason why he should stick with Mignolet unless the Belgian international is content with a place on his bench. Thus, it would be a wise move for all parties if the former Sunderland keeper can end his Merseyside misery and move to a new club in search of greener pastures.

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