A replacement for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will be among the first signings made by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, according to club's former custodian Bruce Grobbelaar. The Belgium international was signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2013 from Sunderland, but is perceived as the weak link of the Reds backline.
Though the 27-year-old is regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League, Mignolet has been scrutinised for failing to bring calm with the ball at his feet – with his uncertainty stifling the Merseysiders' ability to play the ball out from the back. According to Grobbelaar, Klopp has already identified the Belgian as a negative and is working hard to find a replacement.
"I think he is looking at [buying a replacement for Mignolet]," Grobelaar, who won 19 major honours in 15 seasons with Liverpool, told Talksport. "There are a couple of goalkeepers in the German league that he is looking at so I can see that might be one of his first signings.
"I've had my criticism of him for two or three years, I even got pulled in [by Liverpool] and asked not to criticise him so openly," the ex-Zimbabwe international added. "I've said that he is a goalkeeper who is a great shotstopper, a brilliant shotstopper, but he is not the overall package.
"The overall package is good with your feet, coming out and commanding your area. I've got a goalkeeper in Canada, a 24-year-old, who does this better than Mignolet does and is just as good of a shotstopper. He is more of a package than Mignolet is."
After just six weeks at Liverpool, Klopp is yet to make any decisions over his plans in the upcoming January transfer window, but admits any signings will be dictated by the length of the club's injury list. Philippe Coutinho became the latest addition to that group after picking up a minor problem during the 4-1 defeat of Manchester City but Klopp will make a late decision over any activity.
"The January transfer window is not the perfect one because you have no time to train," he said, according to Sky Sports. "You pick a player, put him on the pitch and say, 'Come on, show your best performanc.e' But if we need, we will do [transfers]. No problem. I don't know what will happen in January, if we have more injuries it will be important, of course. But at this moment, there's no decision."