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Mignolet 'worse than Dracula'
Bruce Grobbelaar has lambasted Simon Mignolet's reluctance to command his box, saying: "At least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then."
Last season's Premier League runners-up have struggled this season since selling top scorer Luis Suarez to Barcelona, especially given the injury-enforced absence of Daniel Sturridge.
But former keeper Grobbelaar, part of the great Liverpool side of the 1980s, said the performances of Belgian international Mignolet were also a reason why the Reds were languishing in 12th place, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea.
"He doesn't command his area," the 57-year-old told the BBC on Wednesday. "Yes, he is a great shot stopper. I was slaughtered last year by Liverpool fans who said I was too harsh on him. I'm not being too harsh on him. Not at all.
"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."
Grobbelaar said Mignolet's problems were evident last season despite Liverpool's second-place finish.
"Any team that lets in 50 goals should never be in second position in the first place," the former Zimbabwe international said. "That was masked and brushed over because of the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge, scoring you so many goals.
"You have got to shore up the back. Get yourself someone in goal who can actually only let in 30 goals a season, or fewer than 30 goals."Follow @LiverpoolFCPal
Headlines for Liverpool this week
Midfielder Joe Allen has offered his backing to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers following the club's 2-2 draw against Ludogorets in the Champions League.
Rickie Lambert was devastated by Ludogorets' late equaliser but believes Liverpool have silenced their critics.
Birmingham are to offer Nikola Zigic a return to the club, with Wolves, Ipswich and Blackpool all planning business ahead of the loan deadline.
Liverpool drew 2-2 away to Ludogorets to keep their Champions League hopes alive with one game left in Group B.
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