The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he expects the goalkeeper Pepe Reina to once again be competing against the best goalkeepers in the world after suffering a slump in form in recent seasons.
During the time of Benitez, Pepe Reina became one of the best goalkeepers not only in the Premier league, but also in the world. However, since the managerial changes at Anfield over the last few seasons, Reina’s form has suffered significantly. He is now in a position of losing the number one jersey to the substitute goalkeeper Brad Jones.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper arrived at the club for a transfer fee of £ 6 million back in 2006. Since then, he has been the first choice goalkeeper at the club. However, the hamstring injuries that has kept him out of action for more than a month coupled with the good form of Brad Jones means that his first choice position is under threat from the first time since 2006. However, the manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his faith in the form of the Spaniard by saying that he would once again be known as the best goalkeeper in the world shortly.
“I have absolutely no qualms about Pepe. He is intent on making himself a better keeper and when we have that, we have one of the best in Europe. It’s all about confidence and losing confidence happens to every keeper — look at Joe Hart against Sweden. Pepe is our No 1 keeper and I know that he’s committed and determined to continue at the top for the next nine or 10 years,” said Rodgers ahead of the visit by Wigan during the weekend. This match will see him come up against Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who came extremely close to securing the Liverpool job before it going to Rodgers.