Sunday 23 July 2017

'My slogan for November is 'bring back Mignolet!'': Eamon Dunphy isn't a fan of Liverpool's new goalkeeper

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Just like during the 2013/14 season, Liverpool are one of the early Premier League pacesetters on the back of a devastating attack.

However, similarly to the year that saw the Reds fall agonisingly short of league glory, their rearguard isn't as stingy as their rivals. Liverpool have scored a league-high 32 goals through the first 13 games, but have conceded 14, the highest of any team in the top five.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius was bought by Jurgen Klopp to replace the error-prone Simon Mignolet during the summer, but has yet to prove that he is a step up from the Belgian.

The German shot-stopper kept a clean sheet during the 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend, even if he got a bit of slagging for a bizarre incident that saw him send a goal kick out for a corner.

Speaking to Game On on 2FM tonight, RTÉ pundit Eamon Dunphy joked that he has a new motto that harks back to the days when Mignolet kept goal under Brendan Rodgers.

"That [the goal kick] was really weird and that's a problem for Liverpool," he said.

"I know Klopp likes him but Liverpool fans will agree with me, 'bring back Mignolet' is my slogan for November."

Dunphy also revealed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the Premier League manager who has impressed him the most while also predicting that Jose Mourinho will be in a good deal of trouble for his touchline tantrum yesterday.

He also picked out some players who he feels are underperforming at the moment.

"There was no reason to lose your head over it, it wasn't a disallowed goal," he said of Mourinho kicking the bottle.

"That kind of stuff with his record, he is going to get a long ban.

"They have some very poor players in key positions. Rojo, as a defender, he's useless. Zlatan scored goals in his first few games but his general play is poor. He doesn't have the legs."

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