Pepe Reina has not been especially lucky when it comes to injuries since moving to Bayern Munich in the summer.
The Spaniard was aware that he was not going to be the first choice at the German club during the presence of Manuel Neuer, but he was hopeful of opportunities especially in the cup competitions. They have been limited after the former Liverpool goalkeeper spent eight weeks on the sidelines due to a calf injury. He has just returned to training and is hopeful of facing his first match in the next few days.
The Belgian goal-keeper Simon Mignolet is the current first choice shot-stopper for Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool but after conceding 9 goals in 6 Premier League matches, the defence of Liverpool is being a target of criticism and Mignolet is being put into question as if he’s good enough to be the undisputed option for a club that is struggling to pick up consistent victories.
Pepe Reina is the former irrefutable goal-keeper of Liverpool but his relationship with Brendan Rodgers is believed to have started to fall apart ever since Reina was being linked with a move to Barcelona as the Spanish player wanted to join Barcelona but a deal could never be completed and he instead joined Napoli.
A few months after joining Napoli, Pepe Reina revealed to the public that his career with Liverpool was over as they had signed Simon Mignolet and the Belgian player was in the plans of Brendan Rodgers but Pepe Reina wasn’t.
Leicester City’s return to the Premier League also says former Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky get back into the top flight once again. The 33-year-old is well-known for his Premier League days with the likes of West Ham, Fulham, and most recently Liverpool. However, he has been with Leicester for the last few years hoping for a day in the sunshine once again. This has come in the best possible manner after Leicester were promoted to the Premier League with a record points tally. As part of the pre-season preparations, Leicester have been involved in a friendly matches in the Far East.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed that his future will be decided in the next few weeks as he is set to hold talks with manager Brendan Rodgers. The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Napoli, but it is widely expected that the Italian club will not be signing the goalkeeper a permanent basis. This is due to the transfer fee demands of Liverpool. After signing Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £ 9 million last season, it is looking highly unlikely that Reina will be able to play as a first-team regular for Liverpool again. The Belgian international will be the first choice goalkeeper in the new campaign.
Pepe Reina has finally accepted the bitter truth that he will have to spend the next season at his parent club Liverpool only.
The Spanish international had played for the Italian Club Napoli on loan last season and had done fantastically well for them. He had made close to 150 saves in 45 appearances that he had made and thus, it was widely believed that Partenopei management would try to keep him for the 2014-15 Season as well. Reina himself had also expressed his desire to remain at Stadio San Paolo, but, a few days ago, Rafa Benitez, the Napoli boss, made it clear that his club had no intentions of securing the services of Reina on a permanent basis.
Speaking last week, Benitez said, “We are not looking to sign a goalie at the moment.”
Ever since Pepe Reina completed his loan move from Liverpool to Napoli on July of 2013, the Spanish goalkeeper has played a substantially important and consistent role in the Italian club.
Reina even declared that he has no future whatsoever in his former club Liverpool and considering all of the consistent as well as impressive performances from Reina in Napoli, now the club is interested in signing him on a permanent basis.
The Sporting director of the club Riccardo Bigon told the press: "Reina is a very important player both on the field and off. He has been fine in Naples, he has a very close relationship with Rafa Benitez and also his family has settled very well’’.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan at Napoli, says that his former club have shown with the win over Manchester United at Old Trafford that they are to be taken as contenders for the title. Liverpool managed a 3-0 win over United at Old Trafford.
Despite the ongoing troubles faced by Manchester United under David Moyes, this is seen as a big result for Liverpool nonetheless. They have managed to steamroll most of the opposition this season. As a result, they are close to the top of the table with April set to approach in the next few weeks.
Napoli is located in the top 3 spots of the Italian league Serie A with just a few points behind Juventus and As.Roma. Rafael Benitez is enjoying a fairly successful season so far as they have pretty much secured their Champions League spot for the upcoming season and even though they are 20 points behind the table toppers Juventus, the Italian club is more than happy on finishing the campaign in a 3rd spot.
Rafael Benitez and his men is one of the club’s which has conceded less goals in the entire league which just shows how well Pepe Reina has established himself as the main goalkeeper for Napoli since making his move from Liverpool on July of 2013.
Napoli will be without top scorer Gonzalo Higuain for the match against Livorno during the weekend, but manager Rafa Benitez says that his team will manage to cope without the star striker. Higuain was brought to the club only in the summer for £ 32 million. He was given the task of replacing Edinson Cavani, who had become a cult hero at the club.
So far, he has managed to do this in brilliant fashion, although Napoli have been unable to sustain their title challenge for long. Still, they remain in contention for a top three finish, which will give them Champions League football next season.
There is a high possibility of Pepe Reina returning to Liverpool during the next football season. However, the Spanish footballer is not really sure about what Liverpool has planned for his future with the club. At present, Reina is the goalkeeper for the Italian club- Napoli on the basis of a loan deal.
Reina was transferred to Napoli when Liverpool’s manager (Brandon Rodgers) had signed the Belgian footballer- Simon Mignolet during the last season. Simon Mignolet had started off impressively with Liverpool. However, Mignolet committed very serious mistakes in the matches against Chelsea and Manchester City while the festive phase was being held.
The Spaniard- Reina is absolutely happy with his association with Napoli, though many times he made it clear that he did not want to depart from Liverpool.