If anyone has the right to criticize Liverpool’s goalkeeper, it’s Bruce Grobbelaar.
The Zimbabwe international stood in between the sticks for Liverpool for 13 seasons, making over 600 appearances for the Reds.
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As Liverpool continue to struggle in the Premier League, many players have come under fire from critics, especially keeper Simon Mignolet.
Although Liverpool finished second in the league last year, they conceded 50 goals on the season, prompting Grobbelaar to criticize Mignolet long before his recent struggles.
When asked if he was being too harsh on the Belgian keeper, Grobbelaar had some choice words.
I’m not being too harsh on him. Not at all. He’s worse than Dracula, because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then. He seems to stay on his line and that’s it.
The whole 18-yard area – not just the six-yard area – is the goalkeeper’s, in modern goalkeeping. If you come out and get the ball, and you get smacked, you’re going to get the foul. It’s not rocket science.”
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While Grobbelaar did compliment Mignolet on his shot-stopping abilities, he said his lack of aggression in the box is one of the reasons Liverpool have been conceding so many goals.
Since Mignolet’s arrival at Anfield in 2013, talks of his replacement have been ongoing. Reports linked Victor Valdes or possibly Fernando Muslera, but no major talks have taken place.