Pepe Reina spent eight seasons as Liverpool’s No.1 goalkeeper before being sent out on loan this past season to Napoli to make way for Simon Mignolet — who was bought from Sunderland during the 2013 summer transfer period — but the Spanish goalkeeper won’t be making a heroic return to Anfield next season reports the Liverpool Echo.
Reina made 106 saves for Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side and kept nine clean sheets in 30 Serie A games, but rumors linking the former Villareal goalkeeper back to Italy have not resulted in a permanent switch yet. Most rumors have Reina moving back to his native Spain with either Barcelona or Atleico Madrid as likely destinations. None of this has worried Reina, though. He is happy to wait until after the World Cup in Brazil to sort out his future.
The negative publicity and recriminations stemming from poor transfer market dealings prior to the start of the 2012 – 2013 season (all you really need to do is say Clint Dempsey) should have served as a valuable lesson for Brendan Rodgers and his staff to get the important transfer business done early this summer, and for some time it appeared as though they had taken the lesson to heart. Continue reading →
(or goalkeeping statistics of one sort and another…)
by Bill Farnham
In Monday’s Football Weekly podcast from the Guardian, deputy sports editor Barry Glendenning discussed a number of Premier League and La Liga goalkeepers, including Asmir Begovic, David De Gea, Iker Casillas, and Pepe Reina, speculating at one point on the feasibility of Casillas and De Gea switching teams. In light of the upcoming match against Manchester United, and because both Reina and De Gea have come in for a fair amount of criticism over the last 18 months, I thought it might be interesting to compare their performance both within the frame of the 2012 Premier League season Continue reading →