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Liverpool may have walked away with three points from Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City, but once again the weaknesses of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet were clear for all to see.

Speculation that Brendan Rodgers will bring in a replacement in January continues to mount, but who could replace the Belgian?

 

Petr Cech

With Thibaut Courtois having usurped Cech as Chelsea’s number one, the Czech will be eager to leave Stamford Bridge in January, as at 32 he can’t afford to be sitting on the bench for too long

Cech provides an experienced alternative to Mignolet, and one who commands the box and could provide much-needed confidence to a shaky Reds defence. Whether Chelsea will be willing to sell to a fellow Premier League big gun remains to be seen.

 

Asmir Begovic

Begovic was a name mentioned as a possible option when Mignolet was signed last year, and the Stoke keeper remains a solid option who is comfortable in the Premier League.

Linked with Manchester United in the off-season, the 27-year-old is eager to make the step up to a bigger club.

Of concern to Liverpool will be that the Bosnian has not been in top form the current campaign.

 

Neto

The 25-year-old Brazilian, who has been linked with Liverpool since the start of the season, looks set to be a free agent at the end of the season due to a breakdown in contract talks with Fiorentina and as a result may be available at a reasonable price in January.

It may be tough for Neto to settle in the English game, and he would be something of a risky buy from Rodgers which is not something he can really afford at this stage.

 

Guillermo Ochoa

The Mexican keeper caught the eye during the 2014 World Cup and was linked with a host of top clubs. At the time Ochoa was without a club after being released by Ajaccio, and he went on to sign with Malaga in August.

While Ochoa shone in Brazil, questions remain about his all-round game, with shot stopping his primary strength.

 

Ron-Robert Zieler

A former Manchester United reserve team player, the 25-year-old Zieler has emerged as one of Germany’s best keepers.

Capped four times by the national team, the Hannover number one is believed to have a release clause in his contract which will allow him to leave for €8million.

 

Vincent Enyeama

At 32 the Nigerian certainly isn’t a long-term option, but the Nigerian has established himself as one of Europe’s best – and most underrated – goalkeepers.

Enyeama has really impressed for Lille over the last 18 months, having dispossessed Steeve Elana of the number one jersey.

The former Hapoel Tel Aviv is strong in all facets of play, and while not a name often linked with a move to the Premier League, he could prove a useful asset.

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