By Jamie McLaughlin.
Liverpool added a new name to their list of goalkeepers – and a new nationality for the club – with the signing of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland as competition for Pepe Reina. The 24 year old Belgian international comes to Anfield with a glowing reputation and it will be interesting to see how he will adapt to the pressures of a club like Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has stated that the signing of Mignolet is to add competition for the goalkeeping position, but we will see what happens as we approach the new season.
The goalkeeper position is such a key position in any team, and a good goalkeeper can save a team many points during a season. However, good goalkeepers are difficult to find in this modern era when they are often expected to be as good with their feet as they are with their hands.
Liverpool have been blessed with great goalkeepers throughout their long and successful history (as well as a few duds!), and their goalkeepers have been instrumental in helping the club to the success that they have achieved over the years.
Ned Doig, a name from Liverpool’s early years, became Liverpool’s oldest débutant at the age of 37 and 307 days on September 1st 1904. Doig, one of many Scottish keepers in the club’s history, played his last match for Liverpool at the age of 41, and made a staggering 1,055 appearances in his illustrious career that included 14 years with the successful Sunderland side of the 1890s.
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