Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could have a role to play over the course of the next few days, as Napoli have been linked with him. The Sun report that he has emerged as a target for the Italian club as a potential replacement for Pepe Reina. Their current goalkeeper has been rumoured to be leaving the Serie A club all summer and recent interest from PSG could see him depart before the transfer deadline. They would need a replacement if that was the case and the Belgian international could be top of their list.
Although Jurgen Klopp insists that Mignolet remains his number one keeper, he did opt to start Loris Karius at the weekend against Arsenal. It was a huge game for the Reds and it was an odd decision to rest their starting keeper. This will have given encouragement to Napoli and other interested parties that a deal could be done for the Belgian, as he isn’t integral to this Liverpool team.
Should Liverpool sell?
It would be a huge risk to sell Mignolet without securing a replacement during this window. Loris Karius and Danny Ward are both exciting keepers, but they don’t have the experience of the current number one. Mignolet is more consistent and that is what Liverpool need as they attempt to consolidate their position in the top four.
However, if an offer comes in that is above Mignolet’s value, the club should consider it, as his stock is only going to go down. At the moment, he is a starting goalkeeper for a Champions League club, but that is unlikely to remain the case for years to come. Klopp will want to upgrade in that position, whether that will be to an improved Karius or another goalkeeper that is brought in. If the 29-year-old does get dropped from the first eleven for a sustained period, his value will plummet and that is why a sale this summer could be a good long-term move.
Is a transfer likely?
At this stage of the window, it is difficult to see Liverpool selling unless a big offer was submitted. It would be difficult for them to find an adequate replacement, especially one good enough to compete in the Champions League. They will want to keep Mignolet and slowly transition to Karius as the season progresses. This would be the smart move, before making the Belgian available for transfer next summer.