Simon Mignolet was dropped from the Liverpool starting XI for the game against Manchester United on Sunday as the Reds lost again in the league.
Mignolet was singled out for a series of poor performances for Liverpool, with manager Brendan Rodgers saying the Belgian had been ‘dropped indefinitely’.
Liverpool went on to lose the match at Old Trafford 3-0, but despite this, Rodgers remained in upbeat mood, praising Brad Jones and saying that the lack of goals was his side’s main problem all season (not the disastrous defence which led to Mignolet’s exclusion then?).
Agree or disagree, Rodgers has been losing the plot for the last few weeks and could find himself ‘sacked indefinitely’ if results don’t change. Here are three more LFC candidates who could be dropped for Rodgers to save his job.
He arrived to shore up a shaky defence but has arguably made it worse! The Croat has made more errors than any other Premier League player this season and has been abysmal next to Martin Skrtel. Rodgers continues to select Lovren in the hope that he comes good and proves his £20m worth, otherwise the Northern Irishman will look the fool instead. A new centre-back, or even another one thrown in for good measure is desperately required in January!
Can someone really explain what Lallana has been doing during the last four months? We aren’t sure either, but we imagine he must have a massive mineral collection at home otherwise that’s a long time wasted for the England international. Anonymous on the pitch, ineffectual from the bench, Lallana has made no sort of impact after a hefty £26m move from Southampton in the summer. Alongside Lovren, the Saints could be considered real devils for getting so much for players clearly not up to the standard Liverpool require!
Although we’re huge fans of Gerrard, he cannot be playing in this sort of side. As good as he is, has been, and will be remembered as, no mid-table side can afford a player so ineffective in a defensive position playing for a team short on confidence and attacking ability. He’s trying to correct the problems himself and its not working – and neither are his partnerships with Joe Allen or Jordan Henderson. Mamadou Sakho would be a better choice in the defensive midfield position, and a spell out of the team and not as the one people expect to be Liverpool’s saviour will do him and the team the world of good.