Ferdinand criticises Arsenal and Liverpool over keepers

Matt Stead

Arsenal and Liverpool are making a mistake by constantly rotating their goalkeepers, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Jurgen Klopp has sought to hand competitive minutes to both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius this season, adding that he hopes to also give Danny Ward plenty of opportunities.

Arsene Wenger has previously had one goalkeeper – Petr Cech – for the Premier League, and another – David Ospina – in the Champions League.

Ferdinand believes that it is important to “build relationships” in defence, and that having one constant keeper helps that.

“You have got to build relationships with the players on the pitch,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“Two centre-halves and the goalkeeper, that’s a triangle. I had that with Edwin van der Sar and [Nemanja] Vidic and it became telepathic.

“You can’t get that chopping and changing. You need to play games consistently.

“It’s like when you play for England, you play two, three, four games, you don’t feel a part of it. You need ten, fifteen games to feel a part of it.

“And that’s the way the keepers will be as well.”

Gary Lineker then put it to Ferdinand that Klopp was “not the only one to do it,” and that “Arsene Wenger has done it quite recently in cup competitions.”

Ferdinand replied: “They don’t win the league, though, and that’s why.”