Liverpool ‘Keeper Heading for Italian Exit

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Simon Mignolet, Liverpool’s error-prone goalkeeper, is keen to leave Anfield and begin anew. Napoli, according to a Liverpool Echo report, are prepared to offer the Belgian an escape route.

Since moving to Anfield in 2013, Mignolet has enjoyed a mixed reputation. The Liverpool goalkeeper is capable of world-class saves and howlers within the same ninety-minute match.

Indeed, following an error-strewn performance at the Emirates, Mignolet moved to third in the list of goalkeepers whose errors cost goals. With 19 resulting from his mistakes, he is behind Rob Green and Petr Cech, who both have 21.

Except theirs are from significantly more games. Green, former England ‘keeper, took 267 games to reach that total, Cech 467.

With Loris Karius replacing the 29-year-old Mignolet in Jurgen Klopp’s affections and more importantly, starting line-up, the Belgium international is ready to move onto pastures new and Serie A is his likeliest destination.

Napoli, Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claims are ready to pay €20m for Mignolet’s services.

Pepe Reina, Napoli’s current starter, is out of contract this summer and has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle and working once again with Rafa Benitez, his former boss at Liverpool and in Napoli.

Reina, 35, was replaced at Anfield by Mignolet, completing the circle of their careers.