Mihaylov caught up in mafia mayhem

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Liverpool goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov is reportedly under armed guard in Bulgaria following a row with a mafia godfather over a model. The 20-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Reds, spending last season on loan at Dutch side FC Twente - managed by former England boss Steve McClaren - and is believed to be being protected by minders following an acid attack on his £170,000 Ferrari. Reports in Bulgaria claim that a row had broken out between Mihaylov and local mob godfather Georgi Stoilov after the latter began dating the goalkeeper's ex-girlfriend, model Nikoleta Lozanova. Mihaylov is thought to have joked that if his new partner was a Ferrari, Nikoleta must be a broken down Trabant. However, the jibe appears to have back-fired badly, with the Anfield stopper's sports car suffering £17,000 worth of damage, forcing Mihaylov into hiding. The former Levski Sofia glove-man, who has been capped once for his country, could be in line to become Liverpool's No.2 goalkeeper next season behind Pepe Reina, with the futures of fellow stoppers Charles Itandje and Diego Cavalieri currently uncertain. LIVERPOOL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter