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.

Reina was part of the Liverpool team that challenged for the title along with United for one season before withering away. It was during the regime of Rafa Benitez. During his time at Liverpool, Reina managed only a few trophies. However, he thinks that his parent club will be able to win the league title this season. Reina is almost certain to leave the club at the end of the season. Napoli could be his next destination on a permanent basis after Barcelona decided to look elsewhere. There were rumours a few weeks ago that Reina would become the next Barcelona goalkeeper.

The Spaniard has been slowly looking like his former self under the guidance of Benitez.
“Absolutely, the demonstration of football the other day it was the best signal they can win the league. The fixtures are a little bit easier for them than the other teams and the way they played at Old Trafford, although Man United are struggling, to go there and perform like they did and to win 3-0, it could have been more, it’s never easy. The pace of them on one versus one and their instincts and mentality of their attacking skills is unbelievable,” said Reina.


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.

Pepe Reina has already written a letter of thanks to the Liverpool fans that have supported him throughout the years as he will not be returning to the Premier League club. After Liverpool secured the signing of Simon Mignolet, Reina’s playing time was limited and he decided on making a loan move to Napoli and as each day passes, it would be highly unlikely to believe that the Italian club will be willing on letting him go in the summer.

The Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has always been a fairly consistent goalkeeper in just about every club he has joined and at some point in time, he was even being considered to be the successor of Victor Valdes for Barcelona but his future is becoming brighter with Napoli than anywhere else.

Barcelona still has not resolved their goalkeeper issue as to who will be replacing Valdes when he leaves the club at the end of the season and they might even launch an offer for Pepe Reina but it seems hard to believe that Napoli is going to even consider releasing him after having an impressive debut season in Serie A.


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.

In order to do that, Napoli need to stay in touch with Juventus and Roma by managing three points against Livorno. Even though the opposition are down near the bottom of the table, they will provide stiff opposition for Napoli, who do not have been in the great run of form themselves.

Benitez says that Napoli are extremely strong in this position with the likes of Goran Pandev and Jose Callejon providing backup to Higuain. He is also targeting a balance between defence and attack, which he says was extremely apparent in the recent match against Roma.

Napoli have managed just two wins in the last four matches, and will miss Higuain, who is one of the favourites to be the World Cup top scorer.

“Losing Gonzalo is important but… Goran Pandev, Jose Callejon or Duvan Zapata can all do well. I have faith in them all. We’ve got to focus on more than just the result against Livorno. Looking back to the Coppa Italia semi-final against Roma, we had balance. We attacked and defended very well. We can’t expect our strikers to put in the same effort in defending as those with less quality. My problem is finding solidity between defence and attack,” said Benitez.
After this match, they have an important encounter against Roma.

Reina Is Doubtful

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.

Pepe Reina is going to decide his future endeavors after the current season comes to an end. He is highly unsure of his future, next season. But he has planned that he will perform well and he will enjoy this season to the fullest.

Liverpool intentions are not known to Reina at the moment. He is unaware of the potential offers that he will be getting for the next season because his agent is the one who has to handle this job for him.

There have been rumors that Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are interested in the services of Pepe Reina. However, Reina is dismissing such speculations.

Brandon Rodgers (manager of Liverpool) might give Pepe Reina another chance during the next football season because he is perhaps one of the best players Liverpool has ever been associated with and he has made around 394 appearences between the years 2005 and 2013 for the club.
According to Reina, his future is in Italy and he is not that worried about what unfolds in June this year.


Pepe Reina’s loan to Napoli has been stained by a hamstring injury that he picked up during Napoli’s match against Cagliari and ever since then, the goalkeeper chosen by Rafael Benitez to play in between the posts has been the Brazilian youngster Rafael.

Liverpool decided to loan out Pepe Reina as they had already signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland and now the future of the Spanish goalkeeper is starting to become unclear as Napoli are trying to sign him on a permanent deal but Barcelona have been tracking down Reina and kept close eyes on Reina as he is likely to become the direct replacement of Victor Valdes.

The goalkeeper of Liverpool has already stated that he would like to join Barcelona but later went on telling the media that the decision is not entirely up to him as there are many other elements and factors that will decide his future.

“Everyone would like to play for them. It is clear that I would like be back, but we’ll see if that can happen or not. It’s not up to me. I’m in a situation where my [loan] assignment ends on 30th June.

“Beyond that, my agent is doing his movements, his things, his efforts, and I trust him. As a professional I must think of the situation where I am now. But a player who says he does not imagine himself playing for a team like Barcelona, seems to me, is not telling the truth.”

Barcelona also have on their wish-list, the player of Atletico Madric Courtois and if things with Pepe Reina get complicated then Reina will just have to settle playing at Napoli which seems to be the more likely option than returning to Liverpool as the player himself has already stated that the possibilities of him playing an important role at the Premier League club is highly unlikely.


Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is currently on loan to the end of the season at Napoli, says that he would consider a move to Barcelona, who are reportedly interested in his services. Reina is widely expected to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis in the summer.

The English club signed Simon Mignolet for £ 9 million as his replacement. It is unlikely that Reina will be prepared to sit on the bench after having been a first-team regular for most of his career. Barcelona are on the lookout for a top goalkeeper after Victor Valdes announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The presence of Valdes was one of the primary reasons behind Reina leaving the club as youngster before moving to Liverpool. Now, he is provided to complete the full circle after it has emerged that Barcelona are interested in signing him. The 31-year-old has acknowledged that he will not be the only player that the Catalan club targets because there will be a number of other contenders as well. Despite this, he is hoping that Barcelona can come to an agreement with Liverpool for his permanent transfer to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are one of the best clubs in the world and not many would reject the opportunity to join them.

“I would love to return to Barcelona. To play at Barça is a privilege. But I imagine that my name is on a list with others. Barça is a top club and Víctor Valdés’ departure will have alerted other candidates, so a return will be very difficult. Right now I’m not thinking about it. I was fortunate to play there once and I consider myself privileged to have done that,” said Reina to a Spanish daily about his rumoured Barcelona move.


Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan until the end of the season from Liverpool, has stated that his team will not be playing for a draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group match.

Napoli go into the match still with a chance to progress to the knockout stages, but a defeat to the German club will put them in a disadvantageous position. They could potentially fall to third place after the end of this round of group matches. Hence, there has been a suggestion that Rafa Benitez may adopt defensive tactics for the match.

Getting a draw away from home in the Champions league is not necessarily a bad thing, but Reina feels that the Italian club will not go with such tactics. The Liverpool goalkeeper was recently united with Benitez after sealing a season-long loan move from Liverpool.

Even though he is not expected to stay beyond this season, Reina is already becoming a cult figure at Napoli after having become the first player to save a penalty from Mario Balotelli. It might be


Pepe Reina’s recent statements clearly suggest that he is not happy with the way the Liverpool management has treated him in recent times.

According to Reina, the Reds management didn’t make him aware that they were thinking about placing him on loan somewhere else and that’s something the Spanish goalkeeper didn’t like at all.

The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, signed the former Sunderland goalie Simon Mignolet during the pre-season transfer window. But, despite that, Reina was supposed to be his first choice shot stopper because of his huge experience of playing in the Premier League. But, to the surprise of the fans, Rodgers loaned Reina out to Napoli.

Talking to the reporters a few days back, Reina said, “They should have told me that they were looking to place me on loan. They didn’t do that and that’s disappointing.”

“I admit that in professional football, you have to take tough decisions sometimes, but, I think I should have been treated better.”

On the other hand, Brendan Rodgers has denied the fact that the club didn’t make things clear to Reina. According to Rodgers, Reina was clearly told that a new goalie would be brought in the camp to give him competition.

The Liverpool manager said, “I had made him aware that we would be bringing in another shot stopper and he had no problems with that. He also felt it would be beneficial for the club to have two quality goalkeepers.”

“But, at a club, wages can be a bit of an issue sometimes. So, we talked to Pepe and decided to place him on loan. He was alright with that too. He wanted to go to a place where he could be the first choice goalie.”

Reina has featured for Liverpool in a total of 285 games so far.


Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is currently at Napoli, has said that the club would be very happy to welcome the arrival of his former teammate Martin Skrtel. Reina recently completed a season long loan deal from Liverpool to Napoli, which will see him reunited with his former manager Rafa Benitez.

Reina recently claimed that he was completely at the dark when it came to the transfer. It is highly likely that Reina will not be wearing the Liverpool shirt again. After signing Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £ 9 million, the club decided to send out the Spaniard on a loan deal rather than keep him at the club.

It would have been extremely ill-advised for Liverpool to keep a full international on the bench earning a lot of wages. Reina has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier league since his arrival several years ago. He was a signing former manager Rafa Benitez.

Skrtel was also brought Anfield by Benitez and Reina has praised the Slovakian defender by saying that he would be a great signing for Napoli. After finishing second in the table last season, Napoli will be hoping to beat Juventus to the title this season. They will also be hoping for a better Champions league run as well.

“I don’t know what Napoli are looking for but I can say Martin Skrtel is a good player. But he is a Liverpool player. His qualities would be great for any team and he is a great player. I respect Liverpool, Martin Skrtel and all of the Napoli players, so I can’t say anything more about this,” said Reina. Skrtel has apparently fallen out of favour with manager Rodgers since he played very little football in the second half of last season. The arrival of Kolo Toure from City has effectively ended his Liverpool career.


Despite his future being a major doubt, goalkeeper Pepe Reina welcomed the arrival of his compatriot Simon Mignolet to Anfield. Liverpool recently completed the signing of the Sunderland goalkeeper for around £ 10 million.

This move is widely expected to signal his departure of Reina, who has been an excellent goalkeeper for Liverpool for several years. However, he has been linked with a move away from Anfield since last season when he came extremely close to joining Arsenal. Now, though, he is believed to be in the radar of Barcelona, who are looking at him as a replacement for Victor Valdes.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently revealed that he will not be signing a new contract with the club and will be leaving the club once his current deal expires in the summer of 2014. Search has already begun for his replacement as the Spanish giants do not want to lose any choices. Reina has welcomed the presence of 24-year-old Mignolet, who is expected to be the first choice for the club at the start of the season. Reina has also been culpable of several mistakes over the last few years, which have been unlike him.

During the regime of Rafa Benitez, Reina established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier league with excellent performances that were on par with the best.

“It has not changed a bit. I have said it many times, I’m very comfortable and very happy at Liverpool. Every team needs competitors, and when it’s positive, it is more than welcome. If it is finally done, I’ll welcome him a lot and anything he needs, I’m here,” said Reina. Despite the assurances that he will remain at Liverpool, he is widely expected to join either Arsenal or Barcelona before the end of the transfer window.