Wacky former Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar caused quite a stir by going a bit overboard with his criticism of current Reds gaffer Brendan Rodgers, suggesting the Northern Irishman had three weeks to save his job prior to the 2-2 draw with Ludogorets in the Champions League.
Surely even the most ruthless of Kopites couldn’t countenance losing Rodgers before 2015, after their side’s stunning return to Europe’s top tourney courtesy of last term’s thrilling Premier League title finale, but the Zimbabwean did have a point when commenting on Liverpool keepers.
Grobbelaar’s quotes included the following assessment of the Belgium international:
“I’ve likened Mignolet to 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. That whole area, not just the six-yard area, is the goalkeeper’s.
“I would give Brad Jones a chance to see if he can come to the party and put Mignolet on the bench. Then in the January window I am going to find a goalkeeper who can come in and shore up the back.”
Australian stopper Jones probably didn’t help his cause when ‘resting his eyes’ on the bench, while the Sky Sports cameras were pointing right at him, during Liverpool’s dreadful 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace last time out in the Premier League.
However, throwing him into the first team when Liverpool play Stoke at home may not be such a bad idea.
Jones and Mignolet’s top-flight concessions-per-game averages since Rodgers took over in the summer of 2012 are eerily similar at 1.28 and 1.36 respectively.
The reserve’s is actually marginally better, and Mignolet has arguably played in a better team; Jones featured seven times in 2012/13 for a side that finished seventh in the league, and former number one Pepe Reina’s Premier League concession average came in at practically the same figure (1.22).
Jones may not be the future between the sticks at Anfield, but as Grobbelaar alluded to, he probably deserves a shot. It’s hard to see how the 32-year-old could be any worse than Mignolet right now.
The black and gold boys at bwin.com go 2/1 that Jones starts a Premier League match before the end of 2014.