Despite doubts over his long-term future, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is close to signing a new deal at Anfield.
According to numerous reports, the 27-year-old will pen a contract extension by the end of this month.
The Belgium international has two and a half years remaining on his current five-year deal, which he signed upon his arrival from Sunderland in the summer of 2013.
The news may come as a surprise to many, with Mignolet’s form continually called into question during his time as a Liverpool player.
His error against West Brom on Sunday was the latest blot on his copybook and there is now an unhealthy nervousness among the home crowd with regard to the Reds’ No.22.
While manager Jurgen Klopp publicly says he is happy enough with Mignolet, making him sign a new deal ensures the Belgian would have to leave for a high sell on fee, should he leave in the near future.
In many ways, this could just be the club ensuring Mignolet doesn’t leave for too small a price in the next couple of years, protecting his sell-on value.
Countless goalkeepers are being linked with moves to Merseyside, including German stoppers Bernd Leno and Timo Horn.
There are definite doubts over whether Mignolet is good enough to thrive in this Liverpool side in the long run, with his ability in possession and failure to deal with set-pieces a huge hindrance to the side.