In what will come as grueling news for some of the Reds fans, FSG and the Liverpool management are set to sign a new deal with one of the players who has attracted a lot of criticism in recent times.
Football Insider reported that the Merseyside outfit is close to agreeing a new £18.7 million contract with shot stopper Simon Mignolet. The Belgian International moved to Anfield in 2013 and has slowly become the first choice keeper at the club.
He is ready to commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £80,000-a-week and run until 2020. Mignolet’s current £60,000-a-week agreement has two-and-a-half years left but the Merseysiders are willing to reward his No1 status.
It is also understood that talks were underway for sometime now and that both parties are now in unison and are close to wrapping up the deal.
Mignolet has not had the best time at Liverpool as he has shown a weakness inside his penalty box and has made a number of mistakes that have hurt the club. He is a superb shot stopper but has to improve hugely on his ball handling abilities.
He is also a bit weak in the air and will need to be commanding in his area. He, however, is statistically the best keeper in the previous year. He kept 16 clean sheets in the whole of 2015 and is a number that is higher than any other keeper in the top flight.
Jurgen Klopp has also expressed his satisfaction with the Belgian shot stoppers progress and has already said that he is not looking to replace his No 1. He was evasive when asked about his stand on the issue but an official announcement is expected anytime this month.
The German manager has also distanced himself from links with Stoke City’s Jack Butland and AC Milan’s Diego Lopez who were in Liverpool’s radar in the last transfer window. He also praised Mignolet and said that the 27 year old is one of the smartest goal keepers he has ever worked with.
Mignolet came to Liverpool from Sunderland and signed a 5-year contract and still has more than two years left. But the intent shown by the club to tie him at Anfield surely shows the confidence that the franchise have on their first choice shot stopper.